Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. - Romans 12:12

Portugal votes down legalization of euthanasia

By Vincenzina Santoro
NRL News Today - May 31, 2018

The Portuguese General Assembly (Parliament) voted down four government legislative proposals to legalize euthanasia in Portugal May 29. The similar measures had been proposed by the four parties comprising the ruling leftist coalition headed by the Socialist Party. The Socialist Party proposed law was defeated with 115 votes against, 110 in favor and four abstentions. There were roughly similar outcomes for the other three proposals.

The head of the Portuguese Catholic Doctors Association, Pedro Afonso, congratulated parliamentarians and declared the vote to be a “victory for medicine and for life.” At the same time he criticized the proposals as “a subterfuge by those claiming to eliminate suffering who instead eliminate the sufferer.”

Another opponent from the medical profession repeated a well-known fact that approximately 80% of gravely ill Portuguese people have no access to palliative care and the government should focus on this rather than assisting death. The head of the “Stop Eutanásia” movement, Sofia Guedes, called the results a victory for “humanity, justice and solidarity.”

Full article at NRL News Today

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