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 Constitution".
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.
Complete miss use of words.
Every time a team of experts agree that a patient has the right to choose - the greatest "deterioration in quality of democracy" occurs - the President will veto Again in the name of religion and antiquated constition.
This is the third time in under two years! He gets to over ride experts every time, in the name of democracy?
Isn't that a Dictatorship?
By Joe from Alentejo on 29 Nov 2022, 18:07
“Cavaco Silva warns (….) stating: "in some European countries there have been reports of pressure on the elderly and sick to accept being killed".” OMG, the fake pudencies. How many elderly in Portugal died due to NHS neglect during the pandemic, when those deaths were avoidable? That´s right, those numbers were never seriously investigated, other interests overrode Public Health interest. This isn´t even an argument at this point. I defend people´s right to choose, which is something our gvrt denied us during the pandemic. I had to ask for outside help (Europe) so no one would show up at my door Covid-syringe-poised when I didn´t reply text message ultimatums. Now Cavaco,( who btw, prior to 1974 worked for the Dictatorship Police, PIDE) is concerned about pressure on the elderly, when they were the canaries in the coal mine in this whole Covid Vaccines big push? I mean, you´ve got to laugh, right? The people who lost elderly they loved aren´t laughing, though.
By guida from Lisbon on 30 Nov 2022, 06:09
OMG I actually agree with Guida!!
Isolating old people, keeping them locked up in their rooms, putting warm wet petri-dish-muzzles on their breathing areas, letting many of them die completely alone and scared, and then rolling them out to be the first for an experimental injection. Yet now all of a sudden 'WE CAAAARE'.
Pull the other one.
By Hart from Lisbon on 30 Nov 2022, 12:34
Look at at what Govs around the world have done during the last two years, would you trust them with this one?
By JG from Algarve on 02 Dec 2022, 07:01
Plenty of momentum to legalise drugs, but to end your own suffering is a step too far. Stop the moralising and let the individual decide.
By Ian from Beiras on 09 Dec 2022, 19:43