Portugal Parliament Votes To Legalise Euthanasia
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sat 30th January 2021 | 12:29 AM
Portugal's parliament on Friday passed a law allowing medically assisted dying, putting the Catholic-majority country on course to become the fourth in Europe to legalise euthanasia
Lisbon, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Jan, 2021 ) :Portugal's parliament on Friday passed a law allowing medically assisted dying, putting the Catholic-majority country on course to become the fourth in Europe to legalise euthanasia.
Before coming into force the bill must first be signed into law by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, a staunch Catholic and conservative who was re-elected only last weekend.
However, the president -- who has yet to make public his position on the issue -- could either use his veto against the legislation, or refer it to the country's constitutional court for further study.
The bill was adopted in parliament by 136 votes to 78 with four abstentions.
- 'Right to choose' - The bill legalises access to assisted suicide for adult patients in a situation of "extreme suffering and irreversible damage".
Doctors and psychiatrists must validate the decision if the patient's ability to make a "free and informed" choice is in doubt.
He said he was expecting a "historic day".
"Of course we hope that this law will not be approved."In December, the parliament in neighbouring Spain voted by a wide margin to approve a bill that will allow euthanasia under strict conditions, despite fierce opposition from the Catholic church and conservative parties.