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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Spain passes law allowing euthanasia

Estate planningSpain recently passed a law that will legalize euthanasia. Spain is the fourth country in Europe to allow people to end their own life in some circumstances. 

The law was just recently approved by Spain's lower house of parliament. The House of Parliament had support from centre and left-wing parties. 

The law is expected to take effect and June and allows "adults with 'serious and incurable' diseases that cause 'unbearable suffering' to choose to end their lives." 

Prior to this new law, a person could be sentenced to jail for up to 10 years for assisted suicide. 

While right-to-die campaigners were happy about the new law, conservatives and religious groups are not happy. 

As of now, Belgium, Lexumbour, the Netherlands, Canada, and Colombia are the only other countries that have legalized euthanasia. 

See Spain passes law allowing euthanasia, BBC, March 18, 2021. 

Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.  

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