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Legal situation

In short

In Spain, both termination of life on request and assisted suicide are prohibited by Spanish criminal law. In 2020, the Bill for the Regulation of Euthanasia (LORE) has resumed its parliamentary process.

Penal Code

Assisted suicide is prohibited by article 143 of the Spanish Penal Code.

Bill for the Regulation of Euthanasia 

The bill is about to allow people suffering from a serious, incurable condition to request and receive assistance to end their lives. The request must be made on four occasions and be backed by medical reports, and healthcare workers will retain their right to conscientious objection. After the procedure is approved by an evaluating committee, the patient must give final consent again. Supporters said these provisions guarantee that euthanasia will be an option but never an imposition as its detractors have claimed.

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