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Euthanasia in Portugal: 4 bills of law for decriminalisation have been rejected

The four bills of law for the decriminalisation of euthanasia have all been rejected by the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal. In Lisbon, yesterday, the 229 MPs in the floor vetoed the four bills of law, one by one: the law submitted by the environmentalist party Pessoas-Animais-Natureza (Pan), which has just one seat in Parliament, was rejected with 116 votes against, 102 votes for, and two abstentions; the law submitted by Bloco de Esquerda (Be) was rejected with 117 votes against, 104 votes for and 8 abstentions; the law submitted by the Socialist Party (Ps) was rejected with 115 votes against, 110 votes for and 4 abstentions, and the bill submitted by the green party “Os Verdes” (Pev) was rejected with 117 votes against, 104 votes for and 8 abstentions. The outcome, which had always been considered quite uncertain, was established by the freedom of conscience that drove the social democrat MPs’, the Portuguese papers explain. Yesterday afternoon ended in Parliament with a cheer “to the death of euthanasia”, “Pubblico” writes in a comment this morning, even if the four parties seem to have already stated they want to go back on the issue with the new Parliament.

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