Lisbon January 30, 2023.- The Portuguese Constitutional Court declared the law approved by parliament in 2022 unconstitutional. Once again, unfortunately, the court did not declare euthanasia unconstitutional, but rather some concepts and procedures provided for in the law.
It is the second time that the Constitutional Court has declared a euthanasia law unconstitutional and the fourth time, since 2018, that the promoters of this law have been frustrated. In 2018 the parliament rejected the bill, and then and successively there was a declaration of unconstitutionality by this court, a political veto by the president of the republic and now this disapproval today.
However, this legislative process does not end with this declaration of unconstitutionality, since its promoters have already declared that they will modify the law again, trying to reform its provisions that were declared unconstitutional.
The Portuguese Federation Pela Vida and One of Us will continue our fight in defense of Life. Mobilize public opinion, sensitize parliament (where there is a majority in favor of euthanasia), denounce this lack of respect for the democratic system that consists of insisting on passing a law that has been rejected for 5 years by institutions and society portuguese
The effort to control the lives of citizens, the control of our death, should make us reflect on the excessive action of governments and certain lobbies that live off the death of their immense power and their commitment to absolute control of our societies. Today more than ever, our obligation is to show the excessive and repeated attacks on the lives of each one of us. It is in the care and not in the provoked death what we demand of the public powers and the legislators.
Declaração da Federação Portuguesa pela Vida e One of Us sobre a decisão do Tribunal Constitucional português de declarar inconstitucional a lei da eutanásia