Eluana Englaro, the woman at the centre of Italy's right to die debate has been transferred to a hospital where she is to be allowed to die after 17 years in a vegetative state.
The International Herald Tribune reports Ms Englaro was moved to the north eastern city of Udine according to family lawyer Vittorio Angiolini.
The case has provoked the strong reaction of the Vatican, which is opposed to euthanasia. Pope Benedict XVI said this weekend that euthanasia is a "false solution" to suffering.
Vatican health spokesman, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, told LaRepubblica that removing Englaro's feeding tube "is tantamount to an abominable assassination and the Church will always say that out loud."
"Stop this murder!" Cardinal Barragan said.
A small crowd of anti-euthanasia activists gathered outside the clinic in Lecco, where she had been cared for, seeking to prevent the ambulance from leaving, TV footage showed. Some were shouting "Eluana, Wake Up!"
Ms Englaro has been in a vegetative state since a car accident in 1992, when she was 20. Her father has led a protracted court battle to disconnect her feeding tube, insisting it was her wish.
An Italian court in the summer granted his request, setting off a political storm.
Her father then sought to have her removed from the Catholic clinic in Lecco to Udine, in the region where the family is from. But the government issued a decree last month telling state hospitals that they must guarantee care for people in vegetative states, leading at least one hospital in Udine to refuse to take Englaro.
She was moved overnight to La Quiete, a private clinic.
Welfare Minister Maurizio Sacconi said the government is looking into the situation.
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