Friday, February 9, 2024

Ecuador's Constitutional court approves euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

This is another story of an activist court that makes a bad decision based on a hard case. 

Ecuador's Constitutional Court has approved euthanasia. As reported by on February 8, 2024:

Ecuador's high court on Wednesday decriminalized euthanasia following a landmark case brought by a terminally ill patient.

In its ruling the court said it "considers that the issue raised relates to the rights to a life with dignity and the free development of personality. Therefore, after carrying out an examination, it concludes that life admits exceptions to its inviolability when it seeks to protect other rights."

The penalty for homicide "cannot be applied to a doctor who performs an active euthanasia procedure in order to preserve the rights to a dignified life," the court added.

The ruling directed lawmakers and health authorities to establish guidelines for the practice of euthanasia.

Seven of the nine judges of Ecuador's Constitutional Court voted in favor of the decision.
The article stated that:
The lawsuit was filed last year by Paola Roldan, a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurological disease.

Roldan argued that people with serious and incurable diseases have the right to die with dignity.

While the court allowed lawmakers 12 months to draft the regulatory frameworks for implementation, Roldan was granted the right to an expedited process for euthanasia, albeit under strict conditions.
The court seems oblivious to the fact that they have approved of euthanasia, which means they have approved that doctors can kill their patients.

Ecuador is the second South American country where a high court decision overturned laws that protect people from homicide. Colombia, which neighbors Ecuador, had a similar high court ruling in 1997.

1 comment:

Vi said...

Smh What a NIGHTMARE... People have no idea what is actually happening here & why it's being pushed so hard. :( All people want to do is "die with dignity". How is giving someone the power to kill you 'dying with dignity'? Where is the dignity in that?

Is it honorable or respectable to have someone shoot you up with drugs to kill you, then watch you die? How perverse (on the killer's end). Drs. are supposed to SAVE lives, NOT end them. Worse yet, all because you were jobless, going to be homeless, depressed, disabled, mentally ill etc...

What's the difference when a Dr. or nurse gives the patient a death shot & when a drug addict on the street shoots up/gives another drug addict a fix that turns out to be a lethal injection? I'm sure NO ONE would say that the drug addict died with dignity/died a dignified death?

If one says it's different, then what makes those two scenarios different from each other, in the end? Simply because one person consented to the death jab? Seriously? It's the SAME thing, the SAME result/outcome...:(

Sadly, the words "dying with dignity" are being used to comfort & encourage those with suicidal ideation, to justify murder & they are being used to replace the words "fear of" (pain, being or becoming homeless, jobless, fear of not getting the care they need, etc...).

Be not deceived...there's no "dignity" in giving someone the power & authority to shoot you up with drugs & kill you, whether you consent to it or not.

the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.

having or showing a composed or serious manner that is worthy of respect.