PSD deputy António Ventura spoke out this Thursday against the decriminalization of euthanasia, recognizing the freedom to vote as a decision without “party calculations”, while André Coelho Lima sees assisted death as an “act of deep love for others” .
In an intervention in the plenary, António Ventura began by praising the decision of the parliamentary leadership and the party to give freedom of vote: “I want to recognize that it was a freedom without conscience dragging, without party calculations or political objective tendencies”.
Assuming himself against euthanasia, the Social Democrat deputy considered that the Constitution mentions that “human life is inviolable” and warned of the failures in the provision of palliative care in the country.
In addition, the deputy said he feared that the decriminalization of euthanasia could “gain wings” and, in time, become “a more comprehensive euthanasia”.
PSD deputy André Coelho Lima, on the other hand, made an intervention to defend the decriminalization of euthanasia, considering that the right to assisted death turns out to be “an act of deep love for one's neighbor”.
“But also an act of respect. Respecting that someone's will about themselves must prevail over those who suffer because they see him go,” he argued.
André Coelho, who was applauded by colleagues on his bench, but also by some members of the parliamentary left, even considered that it is an act of “some pride” for someone to think he knows more about the lives of others than themselves.
“I am completely opposed to the state being able to decide how and under what conditions someone should die. I consider this a civilizational barrier that cannot be overcome,” he declared.
The Assembly of the Republic is debating today and will vote, in general, five bills to decriminalize and regulate medically assisted death in Portugal.