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    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A new bill was introduced in the Australian Parliament on Monday seeking to lift a 25-year ban on doctor-assisted suicide in two territories. Australia’s sparsely populated Northern Territory in 1995 became the first place in the world to legalize voluntary euthanasia. But the landmark law was overturned by the Australian Parliament two years later after four terminally ill people had been legally helped to die, leaving the Northern Territory one of last parts of Australia where doctor-assisted suicide remains banned. “For too long Australians living in the territories have been treated as second-class citizens,” government lawmaker Luke Gosling, who represents a Northern Territory electorate, told Parliament. He and fellow legislator Alicia Payne introduced a bill to the House of Representatives that would allow the legislatures of the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory to legalize assisted dying. The two territories do not have the same legal rights as the six states, that have each legislated euthanasia laws in recent years. The Australian Parliament does not have the same constitutional power to overturn...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament tried for the third time in just over a year Thursday to bring in a law allowing euthanasia, after the Constitutional Court and the country’s president blocked two previous bills passed by lawmakers because of unclear wording. Four rewritten bills that would permit euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in Portugal were due to go to a vote in the 230-seat chamber later in the day. The bills, all very similar, were introduced by left-of-center parties. At a minimum, the bill by lawmakers for the governing Socialist Party, which has 120 seats, was expected to pass. Euthanasia is when a doctor directly administers fatal drugs to a patient. Medically assisted suicide is when patients administer the lethal drug themselves, under medical supervision. Any bill will require the head of state’s approval to become law. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa could choose to block the legislation again or to send it once more to the Constitutional Court for vetting. Portugal’s top court blocked a bill in March 2021, saying its wording was “imprecise.” In November, the...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president has refused to sign for the second time a parliament-sanctioned bill allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, arguing the wording is imprecise and effectively shelving the piece of legislation until a new parliament and government are chosen early next year. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the staunch Catholic who has remained popular for more than five years as head of the Portuguese state, already showed reservations over the bill’s first version when he sent it to the country’s top court earlier this year. The Constitutional Court rejected it because what it said was a lack of “indispensable rigor.” This time, the president is returning the reworded law to the national assembly, according to a statement posted on the Portuguese presidency’s website late on Monday, arguing that further clarification is needed in “what appear to be contradictions” regarding the causes that justify resorting to death with medical assistance. Euthanasia is when a doctor directly administers fatal drugs to a patient. Medically assisted suicide is when patients administer the lethal drug themselves, under medical supervision. Whereas...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament approved a reworded bill Friday to allow euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and seriously injured people, after a court blocked the initial version because of what it said was unclear terminology. The legislation still requires the signature of Portugal’s president to become law, and he is known to have deep reservations. If President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa signs the bill, Portugal would become one of the few countries in the world that permit the procedures. Euthanasia is when a doctor directly administers fatal drugs to a patient. Medically assisted suicide is when patients administer the lethal drug themselves, under medical supervision. Parliament passed a first version of the bill in January. But Rebelo de Sousa asked the Constitutional Court to review it. Most of the court’s judges concluded the wording of the bill was “imprecise” in its definition of the circumstances under which a right to die could be granted. Among other faults, the court found the bill’s reference to “a definitive injury of extreme seriousness in accordance with scientific consensus” –...
    In Australia, a bill allowing “aid to die” in New South Wales has been under discussion for several days. Following action by the government and the opposition, it was referred to the Upper House Committee. ” For a trial “. New South Wales is the only state in Australia that does not allow euthanasia (cf. Australia: Queensland legalizes euthanasia; The euthanasia was approved by the South Australian Parliament) The report of the Committee on Law and Justice is not expected before next February, postponing the vote on the text for a year. The bill will then be tabled in the Upper House. In 2017, he unanimously rejected a similar bill. Both Prime Minister Dominic Barrott and opposition leader Chris Minnes have publicly stated they will vote against the bill. ” We need more and more effective immunotherapy Dominic Barrott said. ” We should not create a two-tier society, the worst kind, where we try to keep alive, and we say, “You are good to die.” »(Cf. Euthanasia: “This so-called right robs me of my dignity and sooner or later points...
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday approved a bill to allow euthanasia and assisted suicide for those over 18. It now goes to the Senate for debate. Under the legislation, which was submitted to congress by the center-left opposition in 2014, a person seeking euthanasia would have to be diagnosed by two doctors as having a serious and incurable disease, be conscious when making the request or have previously established the request, and suffer from unbearable physical ailments. The initiative seeks to regulate euthanasia, in which a doctor administers a drug that causes death, and assisted suicide, in which a doctor gives a drug that the patients take themselves. Cecilia Heyder, 53, hopes to become the first to use euthanasia if the legislation is finally approved. Heyder has metastatic breast cancer and lupus and a couple of years ago developed a deficiency in one of the proteins involved in blood clotting. “This causes me multiple hemorrhages, bruises,” she said, adding that doctors have told her there is no cure. “It is my...
    MADRID — Lawmakers voted Thursday to make Spain the sixth country in the world and the fourth in Europe, to allow physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for long-suffering patients with incurable diseases and for people with unbearable permanent conditions. The Spanish parliament’s lower house voted 202-140 with two abstentions on the final passage of the euthanasia bill. Legislators from the left-wing governing coalition and other parties supported it, while conservative and far-right lawmakers voted “no” and vowed to overturn the legislation in the future. Health Minister Carolina Darias hailed the passing of the bill as an important step “towards the recognition of human rights.” “We are heading towards a more humane and fair society,” she told the Congress of Deputies. The bill was the result of a lengthy legislative journey that began three years ago and underwent several rounds of revision in parliamentary committees and in the Senate. It is expected to go into effect in mid-June, when Spain’s public health system will need to provide life-ending assistance in justified cases. Legislators from the left-wing governing coalition and other parties supported...
    MADRID (AP) — Lawmakers voted Thursday to make Spain the seventh country in the world and the fourth in Europe to allow physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for long-suffering patients of incurable diseases and people with unbearable permanent conditions. The Spanish parliament's lower house voted 202-140 with two abstentions on the final passage of the euthanasia bill. Legislators from Spain's left-wing governing coalition and other parties supported it, while conservative and far-right lawmakers voted “no” and vowed to overturn the legislation in the future. Health Minister Carolina Darias hailed the passing of the bill as an important step “towards the recognition of human rights.” "We are heading towards a more humane and fair society,” she told the Congress of Deputies. The bill was the result of a lengthy legislative journey that began three years ago and underwent several rounds of revision in parliamentary committees and in the Senate. The law is expected to go into effect in mid-June, when Spain's public health system will need to provide life-ending assistance in justified cases. Euthanasia — when a doctor directly administers fatal drugs...
    By Emma Pinedo MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish lawmakers on Thursday legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide for people with serious and incurable or debilitating diseases who want to end their life, making Spain the fourth country in the European Union to take the step. The lower house of parliament's vote in a final reading was 202 in favour, 141 against and 2 abstentions. Until now, helping someone end their life in Spain carried a jail term of up to 10 years. "Today is an important day: we are heading towards the recognition of human rights. We are heading towards a more humane and fair society," Health Minister Carolina Darias told lawmakers. The law, available for adults with legal residence in Spain, will take force in three months to give time to set up regional control committees which will review and authorise requests. Outside the parliament, groups for and against the bill demonstrated during the debate and the vote. The new legislation faces staunch opposition from the hard right and religious groups. The far-right Vox party has said it will challenge the...
    MADRID (AP) — Lawmakers voted Thursday to make Spain the seventh country in the world and the fourth in Europe to allow physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for long-suffering patients of incurable diseases and people with unbearable permanent conditions. The Spanish parliament’s lower house voted 202-140 with two abstentions on the final passage of the euthanasia bill. Legislators from Spain’s left-wing governing coalition and other parties supported it, while conservative and far-right lawmakers voted “no” and vowed to overturn the legislation in the future. Health Minister Carolina Darias hailed the passing of the bill as an important step “towards the recognition of human rights.” “We are heading towards a more humane and fair society,” she told the Congress of Deputies. The bill was the result of a lengthy legislative journey that began three years ago and underwent several rounds of revision in parliamentary committees and in the Senate. The law is expected to go into effect in mid-June, when Spain’s public health system will need to provide life-ending assistance in justified cases. Euthanasia — when a doctor directly administers...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s Constitutional Court on Monday blocked a law passed by parliament introducing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people. The court said in a statement that the law is imprecise in identifying the circumstances under which those procedures can occur. The judges rejected the law in a 7-5 ruling. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa asked the Constitutional Court last month to evaluate the law, which parliament passed early this year. The law requires the president’s approval to enter into force. The governing center-left Socialist Party, which was the driving force behind the bill, said that if the head of state sends the bill back to parliament it will reword the legislation and pass it again. The court agreed with Rebelo de Sousa, who said the legislation appeared to be insufficiently imprecise and apt to create legal uncertainty. The court said in its decision that the rules on when euthanasia can take must be “clear, precise, clearly envisioned and controllable.” The law lacks the “indispensable rigor,” the judges wrote. Euthanasia is when...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s Constitutional Court on Monday blocked a law passed by parliament introducing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people. The court said in a statement that the law is imprecise in identifying the circumstances under which those procedures can occur. The judges rejected the law in a 7-5 ruling. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa asked the Constitutional Court last month to evaluate the law, which parliament passed early this year. The law requires the president’s approval to enter into force. The governing center-left Socialist Party, which was the driving force behind the bill, said that if the head of state sends the bill back to parliament it will reword the legislation and pass it again. The court agreed with Rebelo de Sousa, who said the legislation appeared to be insufficiently imprecise and apt to create legal uncertainty. The court said in its decision that the rules on when euthanasia can take must be “clear, precise, clearly envisioned and controllable.” The law lacks the “indispensable rigor,” the judges wrote. Euthanasia is when...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president on Thursday asked the country’s Constitutional Court to evaluate a recent law passed by parliament that allows euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said in a statement the legislation appears “excessively imprecise,” potentially creating a situation of “legal uncertainty.” Lawmakers three weeks ago approved by a significant majority the final wording of the bill, following almost a year of discussions to detail administrative procedures and other aspects of the procedures. The bill then went to the head of state, who had to decide whether to approve the law, veto it or send it to the Constitutional Court for review. Rebelo de Sousa said the bill also raises a series of questions about the constitutionality of “such a complex and controversial issue.” Portugal’s Constitution says that human life is “sacrosanct,” though abortion has been legal in the country since 2007. Parliament can override a presidential veto by voting a second time for approval. Euthanasia is when a doctor directly administers fatal drugs to a...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president on Thursday asked the country’s Constitutional Court to evaluate a recent law passed by parliament that allows euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said in a statement the legislation appears “excessively imprecise,” potentially creating a situation of “legal uncertainty.” Lawmakers three weeks ago approved by a significant majority the final wording of the bill, following almost a year of discussions to detail administrative procedures and other aspects of the procedures. The bill then went to the head of state, who had to decide whether to approve the law, veto it or send it to the Constitutional Court for review. Rebelo de Sousa said the bill also raises a series of questions about the constitutionality of “such a complex and controversial issue.” Portugal’s Constitution says that human life is “sacrosanct,” though abortion has been legal in the country since 2007. Parliament can override a presidential veto by voting a second time for approval. Euthanasia is when a doctor directly administers fatal drugs to...
    Portugal could become the fourth country in Europe to legalise euthanasia after its parliament yesterday passed a vote despite Catholic opposition. The bill must be signed into law by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, a staunch Catholic and conservative who was re-elected a week ago. The president has the power to veto the legislation or refer it to the constitutional court - but he has not yet made his position known. The bill passed by 136 votes to 78 with four abstentions after members of the ruling Socialist Party allowed its members to vote freely.  The bill must be signed into law by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (pictured), a staunch Catholic and conservative who was re-elected a week ago And even if the president chooses to veto the bill, a second vote could override his decision. Socialist MP Isabel Moreira, a constitutional law expert who helped draft the law, said the bill allows 'free choice and every individual's independence'. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EU jabs climbdown: Controversial plans to introduce controls... ...
    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament voted Thursday to approve a bill that will allow physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for long-suffering patients of incurable diseases or unbearable permanent conditions. The bill, which was backed by Spain’s left-wing coalition government and several other parties, passed in a 198-138 vote. The conservative Popular Party and the far-right Vox party voted “No." The bill will now continue its legislative journey, facing a vote in the Senate where it is also expected to pass. According to the draft of the law approved by the lower house, it won’t go into effect until three months after being published in the government gazette. Spain is following the footsteps of Iberian Peninsula neighbor Portugal, whose parliament approved similar bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in February. Those bills have yet to become law and could yet face resistance from Portugal’s president. Euthanasia — when a doctor directly administers fatal drugs to a patient — is legal in Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In some U.S. states, medically-assisted suicide — where patients administer the lethal...
    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament voted Thursday to approve a bill that will allow physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for long-suffering patients of incurable diseases or unbearable permanent conditions. The bill, which was backed by Spain’s left-wing coalition government and several other parties, passed in a 198-138 vote. The conservative Popular Party and the far-right Vox party voted “No.” The bill will now continue its legislative journey, facing a vote in the Senate where it is also expected to pass. According to the draft of the law approved by the lower house, it won’t go into effect until three months after being published in the government gazette. Spain is following the footsteps of Iberian Peninsula neighbor Portugal, whose parliament approved similar bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in February. Those bills have yet to become law and could yet face resistance from Portugal’s president. Euthanasia — when a doctor directly administers fatal drugs to a patient — is legal in Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In some U.S. states, medically-assisted suicide — where patients administer...
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