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Suspending therapy can be OK - pope (2)

Francis sends message to meeting of World Medical Association

(ANSA) - Vatican City, November 16 - Pope Francis has said it can be acceptable to suspend treatment in some cases in patients that are close to death. "It is morally licit to decide not to adopt therapeutic measures, or to discontinue them, when their use does not meet that ethical and humanistic standard that would later be called 'due proportion in the use of remedies," the pope said in a message to Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and to the participants in the European Regional Meeting of the World Medical Association on end-of-life issues.
    "It is clear that not adopting, or else suspending, disproportionate measures, means avoiding overzealous treatment; from an ethical standpoint, it is completely different from euthanasia, which is always wrong, in that the intent of euthanasia is to end life and cause death".


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