Madrid, Spain, Mar 18, 2021 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Spain’s legislature passed a law Thursday to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. Catholic leaders have decried the measure as “a defeat for all”, which abandons those who suffer.
The Congress of Deputies, the lower house of Spain’s legislative body, approved the law March 18 by a vote of 202 in favor, 141 against, and two abstentions. All that remains for the law to go into effect is its promulgation in the Official Bulletin of the State; it is expected to take effect in June.
Patients who can request euthanasia must be adult Spanish nationals or legal residents who suffer from “a serious and incurable disease or a serious, chronic and incapacitating condition.”