Severely Disabled Woman Appeals for Euthanasia Law – Jessie Tao

From China Daily:

Li Yan, a 28-year-old terminal cancer patient, has been in the spotlight lately after popular CCTV investigative news anchor woman Chai Jing posted a message from her, conveying Li’s wish that the NPC (National People’s Congress), which is convening for the annual session, considers a draft on peaceful death, or euthanasia.

Li, from north China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, has been suffering motor neurone disease, known as a “super cancer”, since she was an infant. Now 28, she has “lost motor function in her whole body” and is incapable of performing basic bodily functions unassisted. She can only slightly move her head and several of her fingers…

Legal experts, however, say the time is not ripe for the passage of such a motion on , which may be abused to achieve other ends and cause chaos. But Li said she believes the legislation on euthanasia is a matter of time. [Full Text]

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