Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Assisted suicide and monarchy

I have blogged before about assisted suicide as a repugnant transaction that (along with some others) is undergoing changes in perception in some places. The latest news is from Luxembourg: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg opposes euthanasia and loses power

"Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg is to be stripped of his executive power to veto laws passed by parliament after threatening to block a Bill to allow euthanasia in the tiny state.
The hereditary sovereign, 53, who is the last Grand Duke in the world, caused a constitutional crisis when he gave notice that he objected to Luxembourg following its neighbours Belgium and the Netherlands in permitting euthanasia before a second-reading vote in the Chamber of Deputies next week.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the Prime Minister, also opposed the Bill but decided that the Grand Duke had overstepped the mark in threatening to deny the will of parliament. "

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