Doctors debated euthanasia at the Hospital de Faro

On the 24th of May, the Algarvian nucleus of the Association of Portuguese Catholic Doctors (AMCP) promoted a colloquium on […]

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The Algarvian nucleus of the Association of Portuguese Catholic Doctors (AMCP) promoted, on the 24th of May, a colloquium on euthanasia, in a medical and religious approach, in the auditorium of the hospital in Faro.

«Animals, plants, dunes are protected, even those that are harmful to crops such as micro-animals that are also weeds, but, paradoxically, in relation to man there is often no such protection», said the president of the Algarve nucleus of AMCP.

In information sent to the ECCLESIA Agency, the Folha do Domingo newspaper reports that José Santos Matos recalled the "multinationals interested in economic profits" that "force" humanity to consume very negative things "such as food, beverages and others, loaded with elements that they are bad”.

The doctor who congratulated the “culture of protection of nature and life” existing in today's society regretted that often the feeling is not the same in relation to human beings.

"Euthanasia also follows this state of aggressiveness to human beings, wanting to cause their death, not letting the person live the life that nature provides for purposes that, in principle, will be economistic," added the president of the nucleus from the Algarve of AMCP, José Santos Matos.

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The initiative entitled “Euthanasia – Medical and Religious Approach” was attended by the Bishop of the Algarve, D. Manuel Quintas, Canon Joaquim Nunes, an Algarve priest who warned that the discussion on euthanasia is trying to convince public opinion of the need of its legalization because it is about “giving death” out of “compassion”.

«This is how the 'paints of the pill' is made – to eliminate extreme feelings, to prevent abnormal children, the incurable, the mentally ill from prolonging a painful life, perhaps for many years, which could bring heavy burdens to society or to families,” he developed.

Canon Joaquim Nunes highlighted the "imperative of man and Christian to affirm with firmness and courage" that euthanasia is "a violation of the natural law as a violation of the divine law", an offense to the dignity and truth of the human person , “at bottom a crime against life, an attack on humanity”.

In turn, the president of the Association of Proximity Medicine, José Mário Martins, considered that euthanasia is the «pharmacologically caused death».

In the auditorium of the hospital of Faro, the stomatologist said that it is important to decide whether or not it is legal for someone to ask someone else to "administer a drug that will cause their death."

“As a society, what do we want to offer people when the end of life comes? It is here that we must focus our discussion», he indicated, defending the legislation of the figure of the «informal caregiver».

At the colloquium, Fátima Teixeira, coordinator of the support team in palliative care at the Sotavento Health Center Group, argued that instead of legalizing euthanasia, “it is necessary to invest” in this medical specialty.

“But why isn't there a manifesto calling for compulsory palliative care for everyone?”, asked the doctor, noting that 80% of Portuguese people do not have palliative care.

"A society that offers death first rather than offering relief from suffering is a society that has to think twice." warned also Fátima Teixeira, in the initiative of the Algarvian nucleus of AMCP.