Congress will support the law of dignified death

Congress will support the law of dignified death

The Plenary of Congress will support the law of dignified death, raised a year ago by Citizens and that guarantees the right of people to die with dignity, without prolonging their suffering and respecting their latest decisions.

In the absence of the final vote, at least PP, PSOE, United We Can In Common Podem-En Tide and Citizens, who add a majority, have advanced that support the law, which gives legal guarantees to health professionals but have shown their discrepancies to the sanctioning regime of the norm.

The PSOE has argued that the autonomous communities that already have legislation on this matter have the powers, an aspect on which Citizens has shown its rejection, while the PP has insisted that without a common sanctioning regime the norm it's incomplete.

The Plenary has debated the opinion approved by the Health Commission on the proposed law of rights and guarantees of the dignity of the person in the final process of his life, which will continue its processing in the Senate.

The socialist health spokesman, Jesus Maria Fernandez, recalled that there are ten communities that already have their own laws on palliative care, so it has considered "unnecessary" common sanctions throughout the territory.

From Citizens, his spokesman on the subject, Francisco Igea recalled that in Spain every year 50,000 people die without palliative care for what in Spain "dies badly".

Igea has pointed out that medicine does not fail with death but that it does so "with loneliness" and pointed out that this law guarantees that no one can be deceived by a doctor with false promises and that, on the other hand, they can be induced to sleep to not suffer.

Pilar Cortés, from the PP, has expressed her satisfaction with the approval of this "special" law since it affects everyone equally regardless of ideology, family or place of residence.

He has acknowledged the work of the paper during the 14 months of work although he has indicated that it is not complete if the sanctioning regime or an amendment of UPN – party that has opposed – is not incorporated so that in palliative care the right is also recognized to spiritual and religious assistance.

Amparo Botejara (Unidos Podemos) has also estimated that in Spain he dies badly and has hoped that this law will serve to correct this situation, although he has warned that it has to be endowed with funding because if not, "it will not be useful".

Nationalist groups such as PNV and ERC have agreed that the rule invades competences and is unnecessary because there are already communities that have their own legislation and this new law can complicate work "where things are done well".


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