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Third of Swedish Doctors Would Consider Aiding Euthanasia

Published torsdag 6 december 2007 kl 14.15

A third of Swedish doctors say they would consider aiding in an assisted suicide if the patient was terminally ill or in severe pain and were not depressed or suffering from a psychological illness.

The study was carried out among 1200 doctors from across the medical field.

Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Göran Hägglund, said the numbers were higher than he expected. He added however that he thought the survey’s question was rather unrealistic which may account for the larger percentage of doctors saying they would help out.

Assisted suicide or euthanasia is against the law in Sweden.

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