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Retired teacher pushes for legalization of euthanasia

Retired teacher pushes for legalization of euthanasia

Retiree pushes for legalization of euthanasia

A retired teacher has been collecting online support in an effort to push for legalization of euthanasia in Taiwan, urging people to ink their support to force the government to respond to the issue. A proposal to legalize euthanasia in Taiwan has been approved by the public policy online participation platform under the National Development Council. The proposal was initiated by Lai Tai-sheng, a retired teacher from National Chiayi Industrial Vocational High School. Lai said he had seen many terminal cancer patients receiving futile medical care, resulting in more suffering of the patients in their final stages of life and more struggle of their family members to take care of their loved ones, and therefore he advocates legalization of euthanasia. There are countless arguments and theories on the pros and cons of euthanasia, and each one seems to be reasonable, Lai said, adding that however, he believes no one would hope to end a family member’s life in a normal situation. People for euthanasia say it would give terminally ill patients relief, while those against it say life is sacred and inviolable, he said To push for the movement, Lai has also painted the slogan of “legalizing euthanasia” on his car and made the proposal on the public policy online participation platform. His proposal has been approved and put up on the website for gathering public support. An approved proposal needs to have the support of 5,000 people in two months to force the government to respond. As of 6:15 p.m. on Monday, the proposal has gathered the support of 51 people, needing 4,948 more people's support with 57 days to go. For inking support of the proposal, please visit euthanasia


Updated : 2021-08-01 09:05 GMT+08:00