In Spain, both termination of life on request and assisted suicide are allowed and regulated by law. This is due to the Bill for the Regulation of Euthanasia (LORE), that became law in 2021. Before that time both acts were prohibited by the Spanish Criminal Code.
Assisted suicide is prohibited by article 143 of the Spanish Penal Code.
The law 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. At March 18 of 2021, the bill passed Spain’s Parliament. At March 24, the law was signed by the King.
WFRtDS and DMD-Spain would like to invite you to the Spanish webinar “The legislative situation regarding euthanasia in Colombia, Spain and Portugal” Date: Thursday, March 11thTime:
This November, AFDMD-Spain publishes the last issue of their magazine: Revista DMD nº 83 (Spanish only). They also created an overview of international newsitems (in Spanish): Revista internacional de