Last December, Portugal’s president has refused for the second time to sign a bill allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Now, on Thursday June 9, Portugal’s parliament voted for the third time in just over a year in favor of allowing euthanasia.
The bills require the head of state’s approval to become law. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa could choose to block the legislation again or to send it once more to the Constitutional Court for vetting. The rejection of the previous two bills was largely due to unclear wording.