Alex Schadenberg

Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Straka AcademyOn July 27, 2020 the Czech Republic government rejected euthanasia for the third time. According to an article published by BRNO Daily news:On July 27th, the Czech government blocked another parliamentary effort to legalise euthanasia… The bill was proposed by a group of deputies from ANO and the Pirate Party including Věra Prochazkova (ANO) and Lukáš Bartoň (Piráti). The proposal was submitted by the Ministry of Justice and Chairwoman of the Legislative Council. In Czech Republic, euthanasia is classed as murder. The deputies proposed a legal framework for the legalisation of assisted suicide for adult patients with terminal conditions due to injury or illness who do not wish to undergo palliative care, provided they made the decision themselves, voluntarily and without coercion… Prochazkova, the main proponent of the bill, said that she was influenced by her personal experience, and by the similar law passed in the Netherlands in 2002.The BRNO Daily news article stated that opposition to euthanasia was based on the Czech Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.Critics have argued that the bill is inconsistent with the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, which stipulates that everyone has the right to life and to not be deprived of their life. The Ministry of Social Affairs said that the proposed bill did not contain enough safeguards against human error or infringement of the law.President Milos ZemanCzech Republic President Milos Zeman stated in 2019 that if euthanasia were passed, he would veto the bill.

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