PALLIATIVE AND SOCIAL CARE
Congress of Deputies, Spain
The International Seminar on Palliative and Social Care Vs. Euthanasia has counted with the participation of numerous national and international experts and the presence of hundreds of people from civil society, including doctors and jurists.
Given the imminence of parliamentary debates in some countries, among which is Spain, where there is currently a debate on a law of rights and guarantees of the person before the final process of life, the organizers of this seminar decided that a reflection was essential on this issue and give voice to the part of society that defends life from its beginning to its natural end.
The participants emphasized that euthanasia corrupts the first principle of medicine, which is to act for the good of the sick. In this sense, the only possible ethical response is palliative care. The solutions before the end of life go through treating death as a natural phase in which the patient is helped respecting their dignity as a person, so that before dramatic and terminal situations eliminate the pain of the patient and not the patient.
Euthanasia corrupts the first principle of medicine, which is to act for the good of the patients. The only possible ethical response is palliative care.
The event brought together prominent doctors and lawyers with international experience
Medicine, legislation and euthanasia: “We have created a situation in which it is normal for doctors to think about the option of killing a patient.”
Henk Reitsema: “The elderly fear being a burden”