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Woman’s euthanasia canceled in Colombia

A medical center in Medellin yesterday decided to cancel the euthanasia of Martha Cebalveda, a woman with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who was training on Sunday.

It was the first Colombians to adopt the system since it was approved by the Constitutional Court in July.

The Colombian Pain Institute (Incodol), which is responsible for the procedure, has decided to cancel the procedure, recognizing that “the completion criteria have not been met.” Colombia was the first country in Latin America to outlaw euthanasia.

The Interim Scientific Committee on the Right to Die with Dignity “unanimously decided to repeal this practice.”

IPS “reviewed the application and reviewed it extensively and adequately” because “it was defined that the completion criteria were not met as considered in the first panel.”

Last July, after the Colombian Constitutional Court expanded access to euthanasia for victims of non-fatal diseases, Cebalveda considered an auxiliary death possible.

The 51-year-old woman was already preparing everything to leave this world

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