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Spain legalizes euthanasia, assisted suicide

Madrid, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Spain’s parliament on Thursday approved a law legalizing physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, becoming only the seventh country in the world to do so.

The law stipulates that adult patients facing unbearable suffering due to a serious injury or an illness that is considered incurable by a doctor can request euthanasia.

The process involves a commission made up of doctors, nurses, and lawyers to evaluate each case. A patient must declare several times that they wish to end their life.

Minister of Health Carolina Darias said that Spain is making a progress toward the recognition of rights and a “fairer and more decent” society.

The lower house of parliament passed the ruling with 202 votes in favor and 141 against and 2 abstentions.

The law, which will enter into force in three months, was proposed by the leftist ruling coalition, backed by the country’s left-wing parties, and opposed by conservatives and the far-right.

Spain is the seventh country in the world with a law governing assisted suicide, alongside the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, Colombia, and New Zealand. EFE-EPA

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