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Thu May 10, 2012, 07:38 AM

Argentina Senate passes 'dignified death' law


Susana Bustamante's daughter Melina had pleaded to be allowed to die

The Argentine Senate has approved a "dignified death" law to give the terminally ill and their families more say in end-of-life decisions.

The legislation means patients who are dying or suffering incurable illness or injury can refuse treatment, if there is an existing signed consent form.

Until now, a court order was needed to end treatment or life support.

The Senate has also passed a law that allows people to change their gender officially without court approval.

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