«The Proposal of the Euthanasia Law that the Congress of Deputies approved this week has nothing to do with the Law on the rights and guarantees of people at the end of their life that the Board prepares; Moreover, ours is now more necessary and urgent ». They are the words of the vice-president and spokesman of the autonomous government, Francisco Igea, who yesterday rejected the initiative that led the PSOE to the lower house and who went ahead by majority, since they only voted against PP, VOX and UPN.
However, the favorable position of the deputies of Citizens to the initiative of the Socialists, does not coincide with the one maintained in Castilla y León by the leader of the orange formation, Francisco Igea, who yesterday attacked against a legislative text that supposes decriminalization of euthanasia. Thus, for the vice president of the Board, “what is necessary is that citizens do not have to choose between suicide and horror.” “It cannot be that this is the dilemma,” Igea insisted after the Governing Council, and explained that “there is a huge field in between” that goes from palliative care to the regulation of sedation in terminal patients, or the guarantee that a therapeutic cruelty will not occur.
Therefore, for the spokesman of the Board, “what people expect is that until the end of their days they can maintain control and not suffer unnecessarily.” With these objectives, the Board, through the Ministry of Health, presented last July what was the first normative text prepared by the PP-Citizens coalition Government. In fact, Igea himself was in charge of presenting the aforementioned draft, a text very similar to the one he defended in Congress during his time as deputy of the orange formation.
The truth is that, after the approval this week in the Lower House of the proposal of the Euthanasia Law, the law of rights and guarantees of the people at the end of their life, which the Autonomous Executive designs, “will accelerate” in its process , as Francisco Igea announced, with the objective of being approved in the first session, that is, before the summer.
So far, the draft has already gone through the first process of public hearing in which individuals and groups presented the allegations and recommendations they considered appropriate. Thus, in this first phase of the process, the draft has almost not been opposed and there have been very few assessments that have been presented, according to sources from the Ministry of Health.
Moreover, in the Open Government portal, in which the Board hangs all its initiatives, only four suggestions were introduced. In one of them the regulation of palliative care teams is demanded to guarantee the correct training of professionals. In another of the allegations it is suggested that through the Palliative Care Plan the aforementioned law be monitored through the creation of a specific commission in which civil society is present. Finally, it is suggested to raise the patient’s right to be informed to 14 years.
The Community initiative, to which few allegations have been submitted, will be released in summer
A fourth suggestion came from the Benito Menni Hospital Center of the Hospital Sisters, which have centers specializing in palliative care in Valladolid and Palencia. In this case, the Congregation’s Ethics Committee shows its support for the Board’s draft as it “faithfully captures the rights of people so that their dignity is protected in the process of the end of their lives.” “We believe that he respects people in full and recognizes the right to quality palliative care and adequate for each person,” the Hospital Sisters of the Canonical Province of Palencia insist in his writing. And they place special emphasis on the fact that the “principles of autonomy, respect for privacy and confidentiality, the right to information and informed consent, to reject extraordinary treatments and to establish prior wills, as well as the right to spiritual accompaniment are reinforced and that of the family, to guarantee intimacy in the final stages and to quality palliative care, to reach the end of life free of symptoms and with integral accompaniment.
Christian Lawyers Support
During the process of public presentation of the preliminary draft, different social groups were also received in audience, as has been the case of Christian Lawyers who have agreed with the initial text although, in declarations to ABC, they announced that they will be pending their processing in the Regional Courts and in the content of the allegations that may be included in the project. They also insisted that the “red lines” are in the decriminalization of euthanasia and in facilitating the appearance of clinics in which it can be applied, two aspects that do not appear in the Castilian and Leonese initiative that, in no case, speaks of euthanasia , but it does happen in the national proposal. .