Portuguese Parliament Approves Euthanasia

The Portuguese Parliament passed a law on Friday making euthanasia legal in the Catholic country.


It is the fourth country in Europe and the seventh country in the world where doctors are allowed to end the lives of terminal patients.

Empowered Portugal residents over 18 years of age are eligible for euthanasia if they are terminal and suffering “unbearably”.

The law cannot enter into force until President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa signs it. He has previously indicated that he will not oppose Parliament. That voted with 136 votes in favour and 78 against the law.

Portugal legalized abortion in 2007. People of the same sex have been allowed to marry there since 2010.

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