The Cybercast News Service website reports today (May 10, 2012) that Argentina's senate yesterday approved a "dignified death" law, thus giving terminally ill patients and their families more power to make end-of-life decisions.
The law passed by a vote of 55 to zero, with 17 senators declaring themselves absent. It passed the lower house last year.
Now, Argentine families will not have to struggle to find judges to order doctors to end life-support for people who are dying or in a permanent vegetative state.
Getting such approval can be difficult in many countries -- especially in Latin America -- where opposition from the Roman Catholic Church still runs strong.