“A bill was passed in Spain regulating the right to a dignified death attracted cross-party support and was approved on first reading with 198-138 votes and two abstentions. It will now go to the Senate, and if no amendments are introduced, it could go into effect in the early months of 2021.
This would make Spain the sixth country in the world to recognize this right after the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, and New Zealand. In Switzerland, assisted suicide ‘from non-selfish motives is legal.’
The law will allow people suffering from a serious, incurable condition to request and receive assistance to end their lives. The petition must be made on four occasions and be backed by medical reports, and healthcare workers will retain their right to conscientious objection.
After an evaluating committee approves the procedure, the patient must give final consent again. Supporters said these provisions guarantee that euthanasia will be an option but never an imposition as its detractors have claimed,” Politics | EL PAÍS, reports.
The bill is designed for people affected by serious, incurable diseases causing intolerable suffering” as valid causes for requesting life-ending assistance.
In the United States, assisted suicide is frowned upon in most states.
Assisted suicide and euthanasia are two terms that are used interchangeably. However, there is a distinct difference. When a person is euthanized, another person takes action to end the other person’s life. With assisted suicide, the patient takes their own life, although another individual may provide the medication to do so.
Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patient’s death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act (e.g., the physician provides sleeping pills and information about the lethal dose, while aware that the patient may commit suicide),” worldpopulationreview.com) reports.
It is understandable, though tragic, that some patients in extreme duress—such as those suffering from a terminal, painful, debilitating illness—may come to decide that death is preferable to life. However, permitting physicians to engage in assisted suicide would ultimately cause more harm than good.
Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and pose serious societal risks.
Instead of engaging in assisted suicide, physicians must aggressively respond to patients’ needs at the end of life. (worldpopulationreview.com) reports.
In the United States, federal law allows states to make their own choices regarding assisted suicide. Because of its controversial nature, it comes as no surprise that assisted suicide is illegal in most states. However, there are a few states where it is legal. Assisted suicide is legal in Washington, D.C., plus the following states:
We believe that either assisted suicide or euthanasia should be legal; understandably, extreme pain or psychological trauma can be overwhelming to the point where the will to live no longer exists.