Spain will become the sixth country in the world to legalise euthanasia
Spain is set to become the fourth European country and the sixth in the world to legalise euthanasia.
Legislation backed by the ruling Socialist Party was passed by Spain’s parliament on Thursday. It now needs final approval from the Senate to become law but is not expected to face any opposition there. Once it has been approved by the Senate, it’s expected to come into effect in the first half of 2021.
The legislation was passed despite strong opposition from religious groups. As the vote was taking place, protesters gathered outside the Parliament.
The Spanish Evangelical Alliance issued a statement earlier this year saying that the government should help people with “hopelessness and pain,” instead of legalising euthanasia.