The end of the legislature and the call for elections for next April 28 took the euthanasia bill, promoted by the PSOE and supported –although with some differences– by a clear majority in Congress, without having even entered the stage of presentation. Socialists and Podemos have wanted to remember today, after the arrest of Ángel Hernández for having helped his wife die, "the eight months lost due to the blockade" imposed by the Lower House Board "for Citizens and Popular Party", which have prevented the regulation of this medical practice from starting.
"They are responsible for a law that is necessary and has a majority support in the Spanish society has not gone ahead ", Jesús María Fernández charges, PSOE deputy and promoter of the norm. Socialists and Podemos are especially tough with the party led by Albert Rivera: "They say one thing and do the opposite, at least the PP has opposed the law from the first moment, but Ciudadanos has played with cynicism. I was going to support her and then the facts have been the opposite, "adds the deputy of Podemos, Amparo Botejara.
The two forces have pledged to present "as soon as the new Congress is constituted" new bills that regulate euthanasia. With the convocation of elections and the consequent dissolution of the Chambers, the initiatives underway are falling and must begin again from scratch.
Three bills to regulate voluntary death came to Congress in the last legislature. The first, presented by Podemos, was rejected, initially, not having the support of the PSOE, which did not share key points of the rule. The Socialists did win the majority support of the House to their proposal, although Podemos and ERC disagreed with the need to create control commissions in advance of cases already endorsed by doctors.
Despite these differences, the socialist project was accepted for consideration in June with the support of Citizens and also of Podemos, ERC, PNV and PDECat. A third initiative, the arrival of the Parliament of Catalonia and which advocated the decriminalization of euthanasia, was awaiting the processing of the socialist project.
Subsequently, in October, all parties voted against of the amendment to the whole of the Popular Party to the socialist project. The amendment, presented by the new leader of the popular ones, Pablo Casado, to mark an ideological profile in his management, was not exempt from controversy when it was discovered that the text It was a plagiarism of the palliative care law of the Community of Madrid, promoted by the PSOE.
Although Citizens voted both times with the party block to regulate euthanasia, the bill was paralyzed in the Congress Table, controlled by the PP and Citizens, which has been strongly criticized by the other parties. The position of Rivera's party was that, before approving the euthanasia law, it was necessary to complete the deployment of palliative care, which prompted his own law in this regard.
"Time has shown, as we had already warned, that this relationship was uncertain," says socialist Jesús María Fernández. "The last two cases we have seen, that of Maribel Tellaetxe and now that of María José Carrasco, have occurred in the Basque Country and Madrid. The two communities already have a palliative care law. It is evident that these do not cover all the cases in which it is necessary that patients and their relatives have a legal coverage when they face unbearable suffering ", concludes Fernández.