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Legalization of euthanasia in Colombia advanced a step recently when a Congressional commission approved a preliminary draft of the legislation, 11 years after the Constitutional Court had approved its decriminalization. Three more votes remain. Under the conditions approved by the 11 to three
commission vote, the process can only be initiated by the patient and, to prevent “euthanasia tourists”, the option is limited to Colombians or
foreigners who have lived for more than a year in the country. Practice of euthanasia, or medically assisted suicide, will be regulated by the Minister of Protection, according to the approved text.

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