Bloc and PS deputies debate the decriminalization of assisted death

The Left Block promotes next Monday, March 27th, in Faro, a public session to present and […]

The Left Block promotes next Monday, March 27th, in Faro, a public session to present and debate the Bill of Law on the decriminalization of assisted death.

The session will take place in the auditorium of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Algarve, from 15 pm, and will be led by deputy José Manuel Pureza, who will be joined by Socialist Party deputy Fernando Anastácio, doctor Aníbal Coutinho and university professors António Fragoso and José Moreira.

The Left Bloc's parliamentary initiative is presented as “a challenge to the sense of expanding rights, tolerance and reasonableness of Portuguese society”.

This session, similar to others that will take place in other parts of the country, has the purpose of «bringing this sensitive matter to a broad and comprehensive debate throughout Portuguese society».

Legislation on assisted death is one of the Bloc's bets for this legislature. It is a law that defines and regulates the conditions in which the anticipation of death by decision of the person with a definitive injury or incurable and fatal disease, and in lasting and unbearable suffering, when practiced or helped by health professionals, is not punishable.

For the Block, "there are four necessary conditions to resort to assisted death and they will all have to be met: diagnosis, prognosis, clinical status and state of consciousness."

The document that will be under debate also points out that the procedure can be practiced "in the NHS health establishment and in the private and social sectors", also admitting "that the patient can ask for the act to be performed at home or in another place, provided that it has adequate conditions for this purpose'.

According to BE, the presentation of the Bill in the Assembly of the Republic will take place “when, in the course of debates to be held in other parts of the country, it is possible to assess that there are even more solid conclusions than those presented in this Preliminary Draft of Law, when the current document will take the form of a draft law for delivery and scheduling for discussion in the Assembly of the Republic».