Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Slovenian legislature debates palliative care rather than euthanasia

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Slovenian News reported on October 17, 2023 that:
The opposition Democrats (SDS) have tabled a palliative and hospice care bill which would establish a palliative and hospice care network in Slovenia and provide financing. Palliative care with medical and nursing services, and psychosocial support would be covered by mandatory health insurance, said SDS MP Alenka Jeraj.

On June 19 I reported that Slovenia was debating euthanasia and assisted suicide. A Slovenian group called Silver Thread collected signatures and were demanding the legalization of assisted dying. The bill proposed by Silver Thread was to be introduced in the Slovenian legislature. 

A Slovenian News article indicated that an assisted dying bill was introduced in the Slovenian legislature on July 17.

On July 25 Representatives of doctors and medical organisations held a press conference to express opposition to the proposed bill to legalise assisted dying, arguing that it is inconsistent with medical ethics and the constitution.

Slovenia needs to provide proper end-of-life care not kill its citizens by euthanasia. 

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