Ecuador’s high court on Wednesday decriminalized euthanasia, ordering lawmakers and health officials to draft regulations for the procedure.

This decision of the highest court of Ecuador came in response to the case of a woman suffering from a terminal disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis   commonly known as ASL, who argued that he should be allowed to die with dignity.

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In Latin America, Colombia was already the only country to criminalize euthanasia, where doctors used drugs to kill sick patients. Uruguay and Chile are debating the issue. There is practice Legal in BelgiumCanada, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and several states of Australia.

Other jurisdictions, including several US statesPermissive suicide – in which patients self-administer lethal drugs, usually in a drink prescribed by a doctor.

The lawsuit in Ecuador was filed in August 2023 by Paula Roldan. He argued that death with dignity “is the right of those suffering from and suffering from serious or incurable diseases.” It said they should be allowed to “freely and voluntarily end their lives” to prevent “severe physical or emotional pain or suffering”.

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An Ecuadorian flag is seen flying outside the Carondelet Presidential Palace, Quito, Ecuador, October 9, 2019. (Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP) (Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP via Getty Images)

Roldan, 42, began experiencing symptoms of ASL in 2020, which weakens muscles and impairs physical function.

Under Wednesday’s ruling, the court gave lawmakers and officials up to 12 months to draft appropriate rules and regulations to implement the ruling.

Roldan also sought immediate relief in his case, and his attorneys were not immediately available to comment on the decision and how much they thought their client might benefit from it.

“The Court considers that the issue raised relates to the rights to life with dignity and the free development of personality”. “Therefore, upon one examination, it concludes that life recognizes its own inviolability exception when it seeks to protect other rights.”

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