SPAIN - Parliament Votes to Legalize Euthanasia

Arno Froese

Spain’s parliament voted to approve a bill that will allow physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for long-suffering patients of incurable diseases or unbearable permanent conditions.

Spain is following the footsteps of Iberian Peninsula neighbor Portugal, whose parliament approved similar bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in February. Those bills have yet to become law and could yet face resistance from Portugal’s president. 

Euthanasia—when a doctor directly administers fatal drugs to a patient—is legal in Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In some U.S. states, medically-assisted suicide—where patients administer the lethal drug themselves, under medical supervision—is permitted.

The process must be overseen by a medical team led by a physician and another doctor who acts as an external supervisor. An oversight board in each region must approve requests. The person asking to exercise his or her right to die must be a Spanish citizen or resident, of adult age, and able to make rational decisions. 

The law will also allow any medical worker to refuse to participate on grounds of belief., 17 December 2020

Arno's commentary

Whether it’s called euthanasia, assisted suicide, or self-murder (Selbstmord), it is interference with one’s life in an area not given to man. We should learn from Job, who after having lost his sons and his daughters, exclaimed: “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21b).

Spain follows in the footsteps of some European countries that have legalized euthanasia; doubtless, many more will follow. It is the tendency of humanity to desire to control all things, including the end of life. No wonder so many countries have legalized abortion; it’s simply denying the right to life of an unborn child, although already fully functioning. 

This is just another serious sign of the end times.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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