Malta Government Rejects Legalizing Euthanasia Targeting Elderly and Disabled

International   |   Alex Schadenberg   |   Jul 19, 2016   |   12:22PM   |   Valleta, Malta

Last week, the Maltese government rejected euthanasia and decided to codify “living wills.” The Malta Independent news published a statement from government Chairperson, Professor Arnold Cassola.

“A ‘biological will’ would allow a person, when still in full possession of one’s intellectual faculties, to declare what kind of treatment to accept and whether to prolong or not in an artificial way – through the use of machines or other artificial systems – a life that would otherwise have naturally come to an end. The standards of palliative care should also be looked into to guarantee dignified end-of-life care for everyone.” 

“Whilst AD does not agree with the termination of life through euthanasia, it is in favour of the drawing up of ‘living wills’ or ‘biological wills.’”

It is good that the Maltese parliament debated the issue of euthanasia honestly by recognizing that euthanasia constitutes the termination of a human life. Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and you can read his blog here.

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