Bishop against euthanasia

In the note issued by the Sub-Commission before the legislative initiatives on euthanasia and assisted suicide, it is recalled that no one is the absolute owner of life. There is no right to arbitrarily dispose of one’s life. Most of the arguments in favor of euthanasia, apart from having to do with a misunderstood compassion, have to do with that absolute freedom of self-determination of the person.

Many blogs of health like Practitioner WA talk about this subject, however, bishops comment: that as in any system of thought, or be part of reality or ideology and start from reality is to realize that one is not that he has lived, but that one is a living being and So much you can not deny yourself. And certainly in the issues that concern us about the end of life, here you can pose things from that ideological point of view, I dispose of my life and I end with it when I want or from my own reality where one would see an existence that he has neither asked nor chosen, he is in a world of relationships that intertwine his own life and there must be at stake his freedom before the moments that arrive and that is the reality and reality for the final moment of life. It is not that I possess a life that I can give or dispose or take away according to a supposed absolute freedom that then, in reality, is not like that, is confronted with what is the reality itself explains the president of the Episcopal Subcommittee on Family and Life.

Euthanasia does not belong to medicine, it is not something that belongs to the field of healthy people. The proper thing for health professionals is to cure when you can, relieve whenever you can, and of course, accompany and comfort the patient, never leave him alone. Euthanasia is outside of medicine, it is not proper to medicine. The Spanish Society of Palliative Care said in 2014 that access to palliative care did not reach 60% in Spain, WHO at the world level, said it did not reach 14%. Health professionals have been demanding a specialty for palliative medicine for many, many years and it is something that is pending. That is why we say that it is paradoxical to go to this ideological shortcut of euthanasia that does not belong to medicine when the path of medicine itself and the professionals themselves claim that the palliatives are bordered and without being addressed adequately in the national portfolio of basic services, it is a paradox.