In a statement to Rádio Renascença in the week in which
parliament votes on projects to legalise medically assisted death, Cavaco Silva
also criticises the management of priorities by the Assembly of the Republic.
"In a country like Portugal, with one of the worst
risks of poverty and social exclusion in the European Union and without a
network of palliative care that patients from disadvantaged families can access,
in a Portugal where impoverishment is accentuated in relation to other
countries, the priority of the deputies is the legalisation of the practice of
euthanasia, authorising a doctor to kill another person", he says.
In the week in which parliament votes on the replacement
text that legalises medically assisted death, the former President of the
Republic says he has no doubt about the unconstitutionality of the euthanasia
law: "The legalisation of euthanasia does not respect the spirit of the
After voting on the specialty, and after the final global
vote in plenary, the law goes to Belém, for evaluation by the President of the
Republic. In the last legislature, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoed the diploma
twice, one of them for unconstitutionality.
Cavaco Silva warns that "authorising a doctor to kill
another person by law is an extremely dangerous leap into the unknown",
stating: "in some European countries there have been reports of pressure
on the elderly and sick to accept being killed".
Voting on the diploma in the specialty will take place on
Wednesday at the Commission on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and
Guarantees, after being postponed during the month of October.