Thursday, June 23, 2016

Czech Republic government cabinet rejects euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Prague Daily Monitor reported that the Czech government cabinet rejected, a deputies' bill that would have legalized euthanasia. According to the Daily Monitor: 
the cabinet said it goes counter to the coalition agreement in which the government parties, the Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), pledged not to pass anything that would be incompatible with the protection of life from the conception until its natural end. 
The bill on dignified death has been submitted by six deputies.  
The final decision will be up to parliament. 
Straka Academy
The Daily Monitor published comments on Twitter by Deputy PM Pavel Belobradek (KDU-CSL) and Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek (CSSD):

"The bill, if passed, could result in the killing of people," Mladek wrote. 
Agriculture Minister Marian Jurecka (KDU-CSL) wrote that he rejects a simple solution of euthanasia. "I support help, loving care, solidarity and a high-level palliative care, this is a solution," 
According to the Prague Daily Monitor:
The government... believes that it is unsuitable for the Czech Republic to follow the example of the countries where euthanasia is legal, which the authors of the bill suggest. 
"In these countries, cases of clear misuse of euthanasia have been proved, aimed to vacate hospital beds, as well as cases of family members pushing for euthanasia for dubious reasons, and also unpunished cases of the failure to observe the conditions set by law," 
A similar bill on euthanasia, submitted by a senator, was turned down by the Czech upper house in 2008.

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