Finnish Parliament Debates EuthanasiaBy Paul Russell, Director of HOPE
NRL News Today - March 6, 2017
Late last year a citizen’s initiative to raise the issue of euthanasia in the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) passed the requisite 50,000 signatories required to trigger a parliamentary debate. This week the matter came before the main chamber.
The Social Affairs and Health Committee will now look into the issue of euthanasia. It is also considering widespread reforms of the Finnish social and health care services.
The Uutiset news website reports that a broad concensus was reached on the need for universal access to palliative care. But a clear divide exists on the question of patient killing.
“A fatal injection is a tool for veterinarians not for human care,” declared Päivi Räsänen, ex-Christian Democratic Party chair.
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