ARD film “God” about euthanasia: Here the TV viewers play God – TV

A healthy man wants to die. But his doctor refuses him the deadly drug. The case ends up before the German Ethics Council.

This explosive topic is dealt with in the play “God” by author and lawyer Ferdinand von Schirach (56), which can be seen in an interactive film on Monday (8.15 p.m., Das Erste).

As in the successful film “Terror – Your Judgment” (about the shooting down of a hijacked plane that was supposed to crash into a stadium) four years ago, at the end of the film, the audience should vote: Does the doctor have to actively assist in dying?


Euthanasia is discussed before the German Ethics Council

Euthanasia is discussed before the German Ethics CouncilPhoto: ARD Degeto / Moovie GmbH / Julia Terjung

Matthias Habich plays the 78-year-old healthy architect Richard Gärtner, who lost his zest for life after the death of his wife. His case ends up before the German Ethics Council, where experts discuss whether he can request euthanasia – or not.

It is not a question of whether euthanasia is unpunished for doctors, but rather whether they have to grant suicidal patients their wishes – regardless of whether they are young, old, sick or healthy. As is possible in other European countries.

A topic that is currently a hot topic in Germany.

In February the Constitutional Court overturned the controversial criminal law paragraph 217, which prohibits professional euthanasia. For Ferdinand von Schirach the decision was: “A verdict of the century. You can die if you want to. It’s part of your self-determination. “

But how should this best be regulated?


Ferdinand of Schirach (56)
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Ferdinand von SchirachFoto: picture alliance/dpa

He would like to keep to himself what opinion Schirach himself takes, whether he would also award healthy people euthanasia. The author of BILD am SONNTAG: “It would be nonsense if I said that because it might have an influencing effect.”

Rather, the television viewers should deal with it. After all, everyone has to answer moral questions for himself.

“You only need to have heard and thought through all the arguments once. And check that what you think is reasonable. Then when you come to a conclusion, that’s great. And if you fluctuate, that’s right too. “

And how would you decide?

In the Benelux there is euthanasia even for minors

The Netherlands and Belgium were the first countries in the world to allow euthanasia around 20 years ago.

In Belgium, for example, if there is no medical cure for intolerable psychological or physical ailments, active euthanasia is allowed. In special cases also for minors. In the Netherlands as well.


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A commission checks each case beforehand. In Luxembourg, minors aged 16 and over can ask for euthanasia.

In Switzerland, among other things, assisted suicide is legal, that is, someone can get a lethal drug for a person who wants to die, but he has to take it himself without help. Various organizations make this possible. It costs around 10,000 euros for foreigners.

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