The Spanish Senate approved a controversial euthanasia law on March 10, after the lower house of Parliament approved it, without the testimony of experts and despite the objections from the country’s bioethics committee and its doctors’ association, on Dec. 17, 2020.
The Popular Party senator, Antonio Román, rejected it, arguing, “It is not a law of progress but of regression.” The UPN and Vox parties also opposed it, while the Aragonese Party abstained, according to ABC, on March 10.
Román added, “I feel sorry for them to consider euthanasia as a triumph when the triumph would be for the State to fulfill its duty to protect life with universal access to palliative care.”
The spokesman for the Confederal Left Group, Koldo Martínez (Geroa Bai), criticized “the scant legal certainty” of the new law. He added, “The law is deficient, poorly drafted, and leads to enormous confusion,” according to ABC.
After 155 senators voted in favor and 100 against, all that remains is for Congress to decide whether to approve the amendments made during the Senate’s approval session.
The next session will be on March 18 and then the euthanasia law will be published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) and will enter into force three months later.
Socialists attribute the fact that Spain has such a law to their administration.
In addition to Spain, only Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, and Colombia have regulated euthanasia, and Switzerland, Germany, Japan, and some U.S. states have decriminalized assisted suicide.
The controversial practice of causing human beings to die before they die naturally is rejected by the World Medical Association (WMA). It said that both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide violate “the principles of the ethics of medicine” at its 70th General Assembly in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The WMA defined in a revised statement—after an intensive process of analysis and consultation with medical and nonmedical personnel from around the world—that the primary mission of health professionals is to focus on and “maintain the utmost respect for human life.”
“The WMA reiterates its strong commitment to the principles of medical ethics and that utmost respect has to be maintained for human life. Therefore, the WMA is firmly opposed to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide,” the association stated.