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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Spain to guarantee dignity in death

imageIn March of next year, the Spanish Government plans to approve a law to regulate “palliative care and dignity in death”, announces vice-president, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, who was quick to deny that this is legislation covering euthanasia.

According to Pérez Rubalcaba, the law aims to guarantee the rights of patients, their families and doctors and to “a dignified death”, which is the same as saying, “die painlessly”.

He added that this law is to address situations in which it’s known that the terminally ill patient is going to die and will otherwise suffer. It is only for when the case is clinically hopeless and the only expectation ahead of them is a nightmare before dying.

For these cases, “medicine has mechanisms that allow death to occur with dignity, that is to say, without suffering”, for both patients and families.

The Minister underlined that the law will be similar to that in other European countries and cited French law as an excellent example, while reiterating that the current proposal has nothing whatsoever to do with euthanasia. “Euthanasia is a decision that anyone can make for their own reasons, because they are ill and wish to die”, he insisted.

El Gobierno regulará por ley los cuidados paliativos y la muerte digna

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