- More than 300 people have registered to participate in the International Seminar Palliative Care and Euthanasia Social Vs. held at the Congress of Deputies and organized by organizations: European Values and Society Foundation, Family and Human Dignity Association, Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, One Of Us Federation and Network for Political Values.
- Jaime Mayor Oreja, President of the European Values and Society Foundation and the One Of Us Federation, stressed that: “To those who want to hide these big issues to public opinion, we are more convinced than ever that these debates need to be at the center of our interests and the media.”
- Lourdes Mendez, President of the Family Association and Human Dignity has indicated “The consequences of regulation of euthanasia will end inexorably others decide which lives are worthy or not to be lived”.
Madrid, January 26, 2018.-Faced with the imminent parliamentary debates in some countries among which is Spain, where it is currently discussing a bill of rights and guarantees of the person before the final process of life, the organizers decided that a reflection on this issue was essential and give voice to the part of society that defends life from its beginning to its natural end. Jaime Mayor Oreja, stressed that: “To those who want to hide these big issues to public opinion, we are more convinced than ever that it is necessary that these debates are at the center of our interests and the media.” .
In this regard was held at the Congress of Deputies, on Friday 26 January, the International Seminar Palliative Care and Social Vs. Euthanasia, organized by the Securities and Society Foundation, the Family Association and Human Dignity, the European Federation One of Us, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation and Network for Political values and has had the participation of numerous national and international experts and the presence of hundreds of people from civil society. In addition, more than 1,240 people have followed the Seminar by streaming
The seminar stressed that euthanasia corrupts the first principle of medicine, which is acting for the good of the patient. And it is concluded that the solutions to the end of life passing by treating the death as a natural phase in which the patient is help respecting their dignity as a person, so that in dramatic situations and terminals eliminate the patient’s pain and not the patient. In this sense, the only ethical response are possible palliative care. Otherwise, “we will see how the consequences of regulation of euthanasia will end inexorably others decide which lives are worthy or not to be lived,” said Lourdes Mendez, President of the Family Association and Human Dignity.
Euthanasia is currently legalized since 2002 in the Netherlands, a few months later did Belgium and Luxembourg added in 2009. Colombia in 2015, and Canada in 2016. Assisted suicide is permitted in Switzerland, Germany, and in six US states: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, California, Colorado and Washington DC
After the experience of these countries that have reached the end, as is the situation in the Netherlands, to allow euthanasia to minors even without parental consent from 16 years, Lourdes Mendez has stated that: “The regulation of dignified death it becomes a slippery slope, where you start justifying extreme cases, arranging to end the life of another. ”
This seminar has been exposed as in Italy the Assembly invited the member states of the Council of Europe to develop clear and comprehensive regulations that define and regulate conscientious objection with regard to health and medical, and that they are able to guarantee the right to conscientious objection regarding participation in the procedure in question. And in Colombia the objective pursued is that society working for the benefit of human beings and not against them, because as pointed out by the Colombian senator, Maria del Rosario Guerra, “human life always has value, regardless of their quality”. She has also noted that care must integrate psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care and provide family support to suit the patient’s illness and his own grief.
Meanwhile, Jacinto Bátiz, Head of the Palliative Care Area of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Santurtzi and Secretary of the Central Ethics Commission of the Collegial Medical Organization (OMC), moderator of the table ‘Good palliative care Do they make euthanasia obsolete? The measures that the law ‘has emphasized that’ palliative care of what they treat is not of deliberately precipitating death or prolonging unnecessarily the agony, if not to help not suffer while death comes; requesting that in this Congress of Deputies legislates on how to alleviate the suffering of the person without having that eliminate who suffers it”.
Finally, Jaime Mayor Oreja, President of the European Values and Society Foundation and the European Federation One Of Us, concluded that: “Attacks on life and freedom, such as abortion, euthanasia, gender ideology and surrogacy, are manifestations of a trend that aims to replace all our values. ”