The Canarian Parliament has today approved a law to guarantee dignity in death for terminal patients. The law, Ley de Derechos y Garantías de la Dignidad de la Persona ante el Proceso Final de su Vida, known as the Ley de muerte digna (Dignified Death Act) aims to ensure that the end of a terminal patient’s life is without suffering, and gives patients themselves the right to decide about palliative care when the prognosis allows for no hope. The bill was not passed without controversy, with the (conservative) PP failing in a pro-life attempt to remove certain clauses “to avoid confusing the public”, but the Canarian health service has now legalised what is effectively free choice for euthanasia where a patient is terminal and wishes to die in a dignified way without pain.

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  1. We have control over so many aspects in our life, and in my nursing career I have seen people die in painful and undignified ways, I full support this new law, I hope the UK too can change its attitude to euthanasia.

  2. This is a fantastic brake through. Congratulations to the Canarian government in their humanitarian forward thinking.

  3. How I welcome this new bill allowing the final act of life to be done with dignity when a terminal illness can so prevent this being accomplished. I have witnessed family members dying very undignified, drawn out deaths knowing that they had a terminal outcome and one family member even attempting an unsucessful suicide such was the suffering being endured. How he would have welcomed this bill being passed in the UK, having previously requested that he be allowed to die peacefully. As a retired midwife, nurse, neo-natal nurse I have experienced undignified deaths when carrying out the final act of nursing to terminally ill patients and welcome wholeheartedly this ‘ Law of Death with Dignity’.

  4. Yours is the only report I can find on this new legislation. Can you point me in the direction of where I can read more detail please?

  5. I have now inserted a link into the post above to the official Canarian Government publication of this legislation which is the fullest detail there is since it’s the law itself. I think I was the first to report this yesterday, but if you were to google it you’ll find it’s in most of the local Canarian (Spanish) papers today. I don’t believe it’s in any English-language papers yet, though Tenerife News did share the link from my post yesterday on Facebook, so they have it – but what they have is my report, so you’re no better off really. The best thing is to go straight to the law itself, and the link is now above.

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