Big news just in regarding Spain's euthanasia laws...
Spain is set to approve a law legalizing euthanasia.
Spanish parliament is set to give final approval for the law today.
It comes as a huge victory for those pushing for the right to assisted dying.
However, there are some strict rules surrounding the controversial new law...
And of course, there's a mixed response to the law.
Some people have applauded Spain for their "fantastic" move...
always seemed cruel to force people to stay alive only to continue their suffering that has no cure. Imagine being sick and in pain every day knowing tomorrow will be even worse, its torture with the only light being death— Ysayne (@Ysayn3) March 18, 2021
It’s about time. Just hope it reaches worldwide— its_me (@itsme26542292) March 18, 2021
Good! Too many people have suffered horrendously when it should be their choice to end their pain— Tony Newsham (@tonynewsham) March 18, 2021
This is fantastic news, especially for those suffering. I hope the uk follows suit shortly.— Watt (@AliieDoh) March 18, 2021
Should be legal everywhere... if an animal is suffering it gets put down, Humans should be allowed to die with dignity.— Phil Turton (@phillyt1) March 18, 2021
However, on the other hand, people are not impressed with the decision.
Freedom of death. Hmm 🤔— Said Z (@PlisFor9iFmii) March 18, 2021
As a doctor myself I can never do that even if it’s legal & legal guardian agrees 💔 I just can’t end a life— L a y L a 🪐 (@2021_layla) March 18, 2021
No. People are very vulnerable as they near the end if life. It is one of those things that will start with strict rules and will end with disaster. Thin edge of the wedge— Geraldine Caulfield (@gcaulfield) March 18, 2021
That's very sad.— Jimmy Ezra 🤠 🦊 (@JimmyEzra3) March 18, 2021
In a landslide victory, Spain has voted to legalize euthanasia.
It will be voted on today and comes into effect in June.
The legislation will allow euthanasia, in which medical staff deliberately end a life to help prevent suffering.
And also, assisted suicide or sometimes known as "assisted dying," in which the patient is the one to end their own life.
Now, assisted dying and euthanasia has long been embroiled in controversy.
For decades, opinions have been divided as to whether it is the right thing to do, and it has fared no differently with regards to Spain's new law.
Despite it being legalized, there will be strict conditions before a patient can choose to do so.
Some of those conditions include being a Spanish national or legal resident and being "fully aware and conscious" upon requesting it to happen.
Requests will be required to be made twice.
They should be fifteen days apart from each and will be required to be approved by a second medic and an evaluation body.
Those who do not reach the necessary criteria are likely to have their requests declined.
Spain's lower house of parliament, Health Minister Salvador Illa, spoke when the bill was first approved back in December and said: "It is an important day for all citizens because we are moving towards a more humane and just society."
"But above all, it is an important day for those people who are in a situation of serious suffering, and it is also important for their families and people close to them."
Spain will become the sixth country worldwide to acknowledge the right to an assisted death following the steps of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, and New Zealand.
Assisted suicide is currently legal in several states across the US but euthanasia is illegal throughout.
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