Who decides when it’s time to die?
Last December, the Italian Parliament passed a law on informed consent and advance directives on treatment choice. Technically available choices to alleviate suffering in the final stages of life are many and may include giving up life by means of different methods. What is the new legal scenario in Italy? What has been resolved and what is still open? How the inviolable right to live combine with the fact that an obligation to live cannot exist, also in the light of consent and self-determination? To what extent is it possible to ask for a third party’s assistance when one is not able to put an end to their own life?