The inclusion of children from the age of 14 in the project Euthanasia, by the Committee on Health of the Chamber of Deputies, opened a debate between the Minister of the branch, Emilio Santelices, and the main promoter of the initiative in process, the liberal deputy Vlado Mirosevic.
«We, as a government, have been very clear: we believe that, as a country, we have to move forward to care for people in the right to die and palliative care exists. The question of euthanasia is to arrive and to be unsuccessful when we have alternatives, ‘ said the health owner yesterday. Santelices marked in this way differences between the project of euthanasia that is processed in the Congress and the initiative that points to the good dying, that was presented by the Government, pointing out that «we will defend strongly, because we believe that, as a society, is the way To be able to have the culture of life and to help people when they are in difficult conditions in their last days of life. »
«We have to move forward in caring and accompanying, and there are the means, the medicine and all kinds of treatment for the good to die,» insisted the secretary of state.
However, the deputy Mirosevic, in his Twitter account, came to the passage of these declarations of the authority, defending the approved in the lower house and dismissing the project presented by the Government.
«The processing of our #Eutanasia project has advanced strongly, but there is something we have not achieved: convincing the government to expand the #CuidadosPaliativos. They have sent a purely declarative project, but with zero weight. The Minister @ESantelicesC has the floor, «wrote the parliamentarian.
The project, discussed and approved on Tuesday, states that children under 14 to 16 years can opt for euthanasia only if they suffer from a terminal illness accredited by a medical team and with the authorization of a judge or their legal representatives.