Almost 3,000 people requested euthanasia in 2022. Most were over 70 and had terminal cancer, but 17% “were not expected to die in the foreseeable future”, says official report.
As the debate around abortion and euthanasia resurfaces in Spain, over 500 groups and thousands of families marched to “protect the life of the most vulnerable”.
“Human dignity does not depend on social consensus, but is an intrinsic quality of every human being”, states the text signed by Catholics, evangelicals, Anglicans, Muslims and Orthodox.
According to a report from the OPG, one year after its approval, the most common reason given for requesting assisted suicide is fear of existential suffering in the future.
The Portuguese Evangelical Alliance laments that there was neither a broad “philosophical, social and religious” conversation nor enough guarantees of “palliative and social care”. The parliament passed a third version of the text in December.
“The right to kill cannot become a supra-legislative rule, a constitutional right”, said organisers of the march for life.
“Humanity lies in refusing to give in to demographic, lobbyist or economic pressures that call for facilitating early death", says the National Council of Evangelicals in France.
Half of the population is against the law, including Roman Catholics and evangelical Christians.
Around 280 professionals, students, and church leaders attended the once-in-a-decade conference. Dr John Wyatt was the main speaker of a programme that included 15 other thematic seminaries.
John Wyatt in an in-depth interview about Artificial Intelligence, abortion, euthanasia, and creation care: “There is an urgent need for us Christians to build a bridge between the world of the historic biblical faith and these very new and challenging issues”.
The health minister proposes a draft law that allows euthanasia for children under 12. Christians denounce that it “could lead to euthanasia for disabled people too”.
Professor John Wyatt gives a perspective on key bioethical issues of our time.
Professor John Wyatt gives a perspective as a Christian bioethics experts on issues that are provoking a huge socio-political debate in Europe. An interview ahead of his participation in the "Jornadas de Bioética" conference in Spain, December 2022.
The 4th Spanish Bioethics Conference will give a Christian perspective on creation care, life and death, and AI. “Bioethics is not primarily a theoretical issue to be considered at a university classroom, but a practical reality in everyday life”.
Two Protestant groups underline the need for more palliative care, but differ in their evaluation of a recent National Ethics Committe report. A new law could be approved in 2023.
Eastern countries have the highest rates in Europe. Pioneer plans to prevent suicide are started in countries like Spain, where the incidence has been growing among young women.
Christians agree that “suicide should not be seen as a normal form of dying in society”. A new law is expected before the end of 2022.
Eleven years later, Spanish evangelicals will gather for a new Bioethics congress. Non-Christians are welcome in a programme that will address issues such as euthanasia, artificial intelligence, and creation care.
The Bill aims to allow assisted suicide for those over 75 who do not qualify to apply for euthanasia. “Government has a duty to protect its citizens”, Council says.
A report shows that there were 2,699 deaths from euthanasia in 2021, an increase of 10.39%. Most of them were performed at home to patients over 70.
A report compares suicide rates in countries where euthanasia is legal, with those where it is not. “Legalizing euthanasia will not help prevent suicide”, it says.
Over 750,000 signatories had asked for a vote, but the highest court says the life of the weak and vulnerable would not be protected. Evangelicals praise the decision.
A survey concludes that 9 in 10 attend their church’s worship service every week. 63% of respondents do volunteer work and 40% identify with right-wing parties.
The veto of the country’s President blocked a law that had already been approved by the Parliament. A Christian bioethics expert describes the situation.
The law is expected to be passed in the next weeks. Evangelical churches express their total opposition.
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