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By Maria Cheng
AP Medical Writer 

Pope Francis to Belgian Catholics: Stop offering euthanasia

 

August 11, 2017



LONDON (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered a Belgian Catholic charity to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals.

In May, the Brothers of Charity group announced it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia at its 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium, one of only two countries — along with the Netherlands — where doctors are legally allowed to kill people with mental health problems, at their request.

To qualify, people must be in a state of "unbearable suffering" and at least three doctors, including one psychiatrist, must be consulted.

The charity said in a statement that e...



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