Euthanasia to be made legal in Israel
It has taken six years to prepare. It passed the committees for health, welfare and constitution. Today, Dec. 6th 2005, the proposal for "The Law of the sick who is about to die" will be brought before the Knesset for vote.
Several Rabbis participated in the drafting of the proposal, in order to suit the law with the Jewish Halacha and to balance the sacred principal of human life and honoring one's wishes.
The law defines "terminal ill" as a person who suffers an incurable illness and has mo nore than six months to live, or a person who has several organic system failures and the doctors estimate he has two weeks to live. the law further states that the sick person must explicitly express desire to end his life or alternatively must be suffering great pain. The law proposal details the means by which the wish of the sick person can be verified. For instance, if the sick person is in a condition where he cannot express himself, the mercy killing will be carried according to instructions the sick person left with his doctors or a proxy.
The law is not intended to deal with sick persons in a "vegetable" state, since these persons do not face an imminent death.
The procedure of the mercy killing will be carried out by attaching a stop-watch to the life supporting machinery. The stop watch (aka Shabat clock) will be responsible for stopping the machine's function.
Leading the law were KMs Shaul Yahalom, from Mafdal party, and Roman Bronfmann, from Meretz party.
* translated from Ynet.