European death measures aren't a done deal

Thursday, February 27, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

preparing syringe for injection vaccination 2An opponent of euthanasia and assisted suicide says two European countries appear to be on the verge of legalizing the practices.

Portugal's Parliament has voted in favor of five different measures to legalize doctor-assisted suicide that will now be consolidated into one bill before a second vote is taken on them. But as Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells OneNewsNow, it is not a done deal.

"The people who oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia, such as the pro-life groups, etcetera, they have been … gathering signatures in the streets, and if they get 60,000 signatures, then they are going to be able to ask for a referendum," he explains.

The snag is that Parliament must sign off on the referendum for it to go to the people on an election ballot.

Schadenberg adds that Portugal is one of the European countries that has bought into liberal thinking on socialized medicine.

Schadenberg, Alex (EPC)"One of the reasons that the far-left governments have been able to get elected is because the people are getting very frustrated by the fact that certain things like healthcare are problematic because they don't have budgets to effectively run the healthcare system," the Coalition co-founder says.

That includes end-of-life care.

Meanwhile, an assisted suicide bill has passed in Spain's Congress of Deputies and has been sent to the Senate.

"It's possible that the bill will be vetoed by [Pedro Sanchez,] the president of Spain, because he's not excited about the idea of euthanasia," Schadenberg notes.

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