Last Friday (29-January) it was approved by the Portuguese parliament the euthanasia law. Have voted 218 MP’s (they are 230) and the vote was: 136 in favour, 78 against and 4 abstentions. Now the law goes to the President of the Republic that may promulgate or send it to the Constitutional Court.
The Portuguese Federation Pela Vida and a lot of personalities from medical field are campaigning for this revision of the Constitutional Court .
The portuguese euthanasia is a tragedy in the current Coronavirus pandemic situation in Portugal with hundred persons dying every day. It is a real tragedy not only for the devastation of the CoVid but for the future of Portugal. There is not even a danger of a future “slippery slope” in Portugal…the law is already the written consecration of it.
Deputies did not take into account the social actions and campaigns against this law, presided by a plural approach, deepness arguments developed and social regret to this law.
The Federation One of Us supports the Portuguese Federation for Life and all the people and organizations that have been developing campaigns to prevent the approval of this law. This support is based on the conviction that a society built on the basis of abandonment until death of the citizens, is a society not only unjust, but is headed to a profound failure in their interpersonal relationships at the individual, family and social level. The rulers should legislate to guarantee the life of people and not how or when they should die. Doctors should cure the sick and not kill them.