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Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 27/02/2007

The debate about euthanasia in Poland

The case of Janusz Switaj has triggered a debate about euthanasia in Poland. Switaj was left paralysed after an accident and is now fighting a court case to have the machines that keep him alive switched off. Arkadiusz Nowak, a Catholic priest, says in an interview with Renata Kim: "It's easy for us to conclude that this person should live with his suffering. I believe that none of us could say with 100 percent certainty that he or she could tolerate pain with patience and profound faith. But it's one thing to sympathise with Switaj's situation and another to approve of his being allowed to die. From the point of view of Christian ethics switching off the machines would be homicide." Asked whether he believes Poland is ready for a debate about euthanasia Nowak responds: "Yes, but I hope this Catholic country will never go as far as to legally sanction euthanasia."

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