Parliament generally approves decriminalization of medically assisted death

in News · 23-02-2020 18:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Assembly of the Republic on 20 February approved in general the five projects to decriminalize medically assisted death.

The PS project was the most voted, with 127 votes, 10 abstentions and 86 votes against, with BE being the second most voted, with 124 deputies in favour, 14 abstentions and 85 against.

The PAN diploma was approved with 121 votes, 16 abstentions and 86 votes against.

The ENP project collected 114 votes, 23 abstentions and 86 votes against, while the Liberal Initiative diploma collected 114 favourable votes, 23 abstentions and 85 against.

The advantage of "yes" votes over "no" was greater in the PS project (41), followed by BE (39), PAN (35), Liberal Initiative (29) and ENP (28).

The nominal vote of the deputies, called one by one, started at 6.09pm, and took about 30 minutes, similar to what happened in the 2018 vote.

Contrary to what happened in May 2018, in which the right-wing stands, PSD and CDS, applauded when the "lead" of the bills for the decriminalization of medically assisted death was announced, the result was received in silence, without any manifestations.

It was 6.38pm when the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Ferro Rodrigues, announced the result of the votes: "All five projects were approved and passed to the respective committee".

In this vote, 222 of the 230 deputies were present.

After the announcement of the result, MPs from the PS and PSD, who voted out of line with the majority of their seats, announced the presentation of explanations of vote.

With the approval of the projects in general, the five projects go down to the parliamentary committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees for the debate in the specialty and the parties with proposals intend to make a common text.

The PS was the only one to anticipate, even before the debate, that it wanted the final global vote to take place by the end of the legislative session, in July.


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