“Eccezione” di aiuto al suicidio? Osservazioni critiche sulla sentenza n. 242/2019 della Corte costituzionale
By its judgment n. 242/2019 the Italian Constitutional Court declared the legitimacy of the medically assisted suicide request, justifying it on the same constitutional parameters that guarantee the right to renounce life support treatments. This essay confirms, from a bioethical perspective, the need to keep the two choices separated, bringing out both the difficulties due to profiles of equality between patients in similar conditions and the lack of palliative care in some Italian regions. Overall, the evident concern is a judgment which, for the purpose of access to assisted suicide, generalizes conditions taken by the “exceptional” case of Fabiano Antoniani.
Assisted suicide; medical assistance in dying; constitutional law; end of life issues
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