AMSTERDAM Oct 12 The Dutch government intends
to draft a law that would legalise assisted suicide for people
who feel they have "completed life", but are not necessarily
terminally ill, it said on Wednesday.
The Netherlands was the first country to legalise
euthanasia, in 2002, but only for patients who were considered
to be suffering unbearable pain with no hope of a cure.
In a letter to parliament, the health and justice ministers
said the details remained to be worked out but that people who
"have a well-considered opinion that their life is complete,
must, under strict and careful criteria, be allowed to finish
that life in a manner dignified for them."
(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)