On June 25, the euthanasia law in Spain, making this country the seventh in the world in which euthanasia is legal, after the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, New Zealand and Colombia. However, in Spain only six communities they are in a position to apply it. These are Aragon, the Balearic Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community, Murcia and the Basque Country.
The norm establishes that this practice may be carried out to patients who request it and who are in a context of “serious, chronic and incapacitating illness or serious and incurable disease, causing intolerable suffering.”
According to Organic Law for the Regulation of Euthanasia (LORE) in order to receive the aid to die, it will be necessary for the person to fulfill the following requirements, found in el capítulo II.
-The patient must have Spanish nationality or legal residence in Spain or registration certificate that proves a time of stay in Spanish territory of more than twelve months.
-Must be adult.
-Must be able and conscious at the time of request.
-You must have in writing the information that exists about your medical process, the different alternatives and possibilities of action.
-The patient must formulate two requests voluntarily and in writing, leaving a separation of at least fifteen calendar days between the two. Given this, if the “responsible physician considers that the loss of the applicant’s ability to grant informed consent is imminent, he may accept any shorter period that he deems appropriate based on the concurrent clinical circumstances, of which he must record in the medical history ».
–No one can make the decision for him.
-Suffer a serious illness and incurable or suffering from a serious illness, certified by the responsible doctor.
-Provide informed consent prior to receiving the death aid benefit. Said consent will be incorporated into the patient’s medical history.
If the patient is not in full use of their powers, you must do a written in advance with prior instructions, living will, advance directives or legally recognized equivalent documents. However, in the case of having appointed a representative in that document, it will be the valid interlocutor for the responsible doctor.
In case of reaffirming their will to die, it will be done in accordance with the action protocols determined by the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System.