Editor’s note. The following appears on the blog of Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
An article that was published today by the Novite.com news agency stated:
The committee voted with 12 members against and 1 abstention, with Kornezov’s fellow MPs from the Bulgarian Socialist Party also being widely against.
Vanyo Sharkov and Hasan Ademov from arch-rivals rightist Blue Coalition and ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms united in an all-out rejection of euthanasia as going against the principles of beneficence in medicine.
Ruling center-right GERB party Djema Grozdanova said that euthanasia could be introduced only after an extensive and deep debate within the whole society, something which has not happened in Bulgaria.
Socialist Yanaki Stoilov argued that euthanasia could be introduced only in a country where the health system is at a sufficiently high level, which he saw as plainly not being the case in Bulgaria.
Kornezov defended his legislative proposal, arguing for the right to die with dignity, and defending it as a case of well-doing in extreme cases.
Committee MPs nevertheless were firmly against the bill and went on to reject it.
Euthanasia is falsely sold to society as a “freedom of choice”. In fact, legalizing euthanasia does not grant an individual freedom but rather it gives doctors the right to lethally inject their patients.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide threaten the most vulnerable in society by enabling family members and medical care givers to steer people towards death by lethal dose.
The Health Committee of the Bulgarian parliament has made the right decision.