Spain has passed a bill legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide this week after a three-year push from the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) who originally introduced the legislation in 2018.
LifeSiteNews reports that a recent shift in Spain’s government has given the left-wing party, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the upper hand.
The bill was approved on March 18 with 202 votes in favor, 141 against. There were to abstentions.
While the PSOE had the support of another left-wing party that it is working in coalition with, Unidas Podemos, the bill was condemned by the conservative Popular Party (PP) and Vox, which formed after breaking with the PP and espouses Trump-style nationalism and traditional family values in a nation that has grown increasingly accepting of far-left, progressive ideology.
“The PSOE is not satisfied with the 100,000 deaths it has left in its wake,” Vox leader Santiago Abascal said of those killed by COVID-19.
The party is vowing to appeal the new law.
“This represents a new and vicious attack against the sanctity of life, following the legalization and social acceptance of abortion. Spain will presumably slide down the ‘slippery slope’ other countries like the Netherlands and Belgium have done,” Vox congressman and professor of philosophy of law at the University of Sevilla, Francisco José Contreras, told LifeSite News.
“My party has solemnly committed to repelling the new euthanasia law when it enters Government,” he vowed.
MP Lourdes Monasterio lamented the new law as a “failure of a civilization.”
“Life cannot be at the disposal of the public powers. Today we say goodbye to more than twenty centuries of pro-life culture and goodbye to modern constitutionalism,” she said, also vowing her party will appeal to the Constitutional Court to suspend the new regulations.
LifeSiteNews explains that the new law provides a series of steps that must be taken for someone to apply for euthanasia or assisted suicide.
A person who wishes to end their life must make a formal request, in writing, two times in the span of two weeks and must “suffer a serious or incurable disease or a serious, chronic and incapacitating condition,” that contributes to “intolerable suffering.”
The person must also “express their clear will to end their life, and they must have been supplied with information about their medical condition and the alternatives that are available to them.”
“Once the second request has been made, the patient’s doctor must pass the request on to the corresponding regional commission, which will appoint two professionals with no connection to the case for its analysis. The commission will then approve or reject the decision reached by these two specialists. The [request] … will be determined by each region, apart from it having at least seven people and including medical, legal, and nursing experts. The commission has 19 days to reply to a request,” Spanish paper El País reported.
The Catholic Church in the nation whose historical associations with Rome are iconic and lengthy issued a scathing condemnation for the law, characterizing euthanasia as a “form of homicide.”
“This is the time to promote conscientious objection to this law and to promote a culture of life, which should have a clear line in the sand stating ‘You shall not kill,’” said Bishop Luis Javier Argüello Garcia.
The clergyman also warned Spanish Catholics “to promote a culture of life and to take concrete steps to promote a living will or advance declarations that make it possible for Spanish citizens to express in a clear and determined way their desire to receive palliative care,” instead of ending their own lives.
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