PS deputy Maria Antónia Almeida Santos recognizes, in the program “Em Nome da Lei” of the Renaissance, that the legislator has no idea how many people will be able to request euthanasia.
One of the co-authors of the socialist bill, approved this week in general, Antónia Almeida Santos admits, also, that the deputies do not know which means of the National Health Service (SNS) will have to be channeled towards assisted death and suicide.
“What we know is that if any patient in these circumstances asks for help, they will not have an answer, because today euthanasia is a crime and we do not advocate decriminalizing any and all euthanasia, only in very restricted situations. it would be a little difficult to have a real sense of this impact study “, says the Socialist MP.
António Filipe, of the PCP, disputes that decriminalization is done in the name of individual freedom. The communist deputy says that “there is no freedom of decision when the State fails to guarantee palliative care to people who are in deep suffering, offering only death as a way out”.
Also Ricardo Baptista Leite, one of the PSD deputies who voted against decriminalization, argues that “people are not truly free when, in the face of suffering, they only have euthanasia as an alternative”.
Arguments contested by Jorge Costa, from Bloco de Esquerda (BE). The blockade deputy rejects that palliative care is ever an alternative to euthanasia. “Even if we had the best palliative care in the world”, he defends, “we should always have an alternative for those who, being in deep suffering, prefer to choose the anticipation of death”.
A perspective denied by scientific evidence, says Sérgio Deodato. The professor of Health Law and Bioethics says that “scientific studies (and also his experience of 30 years as a nurse) say that people who ask to die just want help to alleviate suffering”. They really don't want to die, he says.
A registered nurse and professor at the Catholic University, Sérgio Deodato guarantees that “all physical pain can be controlled through drugs” and that “many of those who ask to die have lost the meaning of life and for that there is a spiritual therapy that does not is confused with any religious approach ”.
Sérgio Deodato explains that “we are talking about a scientific method to help people find meaning in their lives”.
Asked about the risk that the decriminalization of assisted death and suicide could be extended in the future to minors or elderly people tired of living, as in other European countries where euthanasia is practiced, Maria Antónia Almeida Santos dismisses the idea of the so-called “sliding ramp” , and “gives as an example the decriminalization of voluntary termination of pregnancy”, where there was even a decrease in the number of cases.
An argument that communist deputy António Filipe calls into question. He says that “in countries like the Netherlands and Switzerland the legislation is also restricted and, however, there is a real death industry”.
The lawyer and deputy asks “why is it different in Portugal?”.
Statements to the information program “In the Name of the Law” of Renaissance, which this week discusses the decriminalization of assisted death and suicide. You can listen to the program this Saturday after noon or at 00:00 on Saturday to Sunday.