Mexico passes right-to-die bill

Mexico's legislators approve move to allow the terminally ill to refuse treatement.

    Calderon, Mexico's president, must sign the bill before it is enacted into law [AFP]

    The bill, however, does not legalise mercy killing or assisted suicide, senators said.

    The move was supported by the ruling conservative National Action Party, but is likely to face strong opposition from church leaders.

    Mexico is the world's second-largest Roman Catholic nation and the church has opposed similar right-to-die legislation.

    Mexico City, the Mexican capital, has become a vanguard of liberalism in Latin America by backing gay civil unions and abortion.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.