Parliament should confirm this Friday the decree vetoed by the President of the Republic on medically assisted death, an intention announced by PS, BE, IL and PAN, forcing its promulgation.
According to the Constitution of the Republic, in the face of a veto, parliament can confirm the text by an absolute majority of the deputies in office, 116 out of 230, and in this case, the President of the Republic will have to promulgate the diploma within eight days. from the date of its reception.
This is the fourth bill of parliament that aims to decriminalize medically assisted death, amending the Penal Code. The issue has already been the target of two political vetoes by the head of state and two vetoes following unconstitutionalities decreed by the Constitutional Court.
The last veto took place on April 19, when Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa asked the deputies to clarify “who defines the patient’s physical inability to self-administer lethal drugs, as well as who should ensure medical supervision during the act of death medically assisted”, reads in the letter that the head of state addressed to parliament.
Speaking to journalists, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa dispelled doubts about the constitutionality of the decree, declaring that he vetoed it due to “a problem of precision”, and considered that its confirmation “does not have drama”.
This time, contrary to previous occasions, the proposing parties (PS, IL, BE and PAN) decided not to change the text approved on March 31, which in this version establishes that medically assisted death can only occur through euthanasia if assisted suicide is impossible due to the patient’s physical incapacity.
PS deputies Pedro Cegonho, Maria João Castro and Romualda Fernandes, who were previously against diplomas on the decriminalization of euthanasia, will vote today in favor of confirming the decree vetoed by the President of the Republic.
On Thursday, at the meeting of the PSD bench, parliamentary leader Joaquim Miranda Sarmento said that he would subscribe to a request for successive inspection of the diploma that regulates euthanasia if a group of social-democratic deputies advances, adding that this will not be done in a safe way. official by the bench.
Later, in Leiria, the leader of the PSD, Luís Montenegro, defended that the request for successive inspection of the decree on euthanasia is a worthwhile possibility “to have security and legal certainty”.
On March 31, the same text that will be voted again today was approved with votes in favor of the majority of the PS bench, the Liberal Initiative, the Left Block, six PSD deputies and the single deputies of PAN and Livre.
It had votes against the majority of the PSD, Chega, PCP and five PS deputies. There were two abstentions, one socialist deputy and one social democrat.
When the first legislative initiatives on this matter appeared, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, a practicing Catholic, defended a long and broad public debate, but he put himself out of the discussion, referring his role to the end of the parliamentary legislative process.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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