The European Court of Human Rights has requested that the French government suspend its decision to allow doctors to take a tetraplegic man off life support after nearly six years in a coma.
On Tuesday evening, the lawyer for the parents of Vincent Lambert announced that the Strasbourg-based court had demanded that the Council of Europe wait until they make a final judgement.
The verdict by France comes after a battle between the man’s wife, Rachel who had been asking to allow her husband to die and his parents, devout Catholics, who have wanted to keep him in his current state.
France’s President Francois Hollande had promised prior to his 2012 election to introduce new right-to-die legislation.
Currently few countries apart from place such as Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland permit euthanasia or assisted suicide