Lithuanian MP Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė of the Social Democratic Party has proposed a bill legalizing euthanasia.
Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė
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She has drafted and registered a Law on Euthanasia providing for the right of terminal patients, who suffer constant unbearable physical and spiritual pain that cannot be alleviated, to have their life terminated with their consent.

"(…) euthanasia would provide a patient who suffers pain for extended period of time and realizes that their illness is terminal the right to pass away in a dignified way and avoid pain and suffering," Pavilionienė writes in the bill's explanatory note.

A survey by public opinion and market research company RAIT two years ago showed that 47 percent of people in Lithuania would back the legalization of euthanasia, 37 percent would not and 16 said they did not have an opinion on the issue.

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