Czech Republic government cabinet rejects euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Czech Republic location mapThe Prague Daily Monitor reported that on Wednesday the Czech government cabinet rejected a deputies’ bill that would have legalized euthanasia.

Deputy PM Pavel Belobradek (KDU-CSL) and Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek (CSSD) “reported on the government’s negative stand on Twitter,” according to the Daily Monitor:

In its previous preliminary position on the bill, the cabinet said it goes counter to the coalition agreement in which the government parties, the Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO [another political party], and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), pledged not to pass anything that would be incompatible with the protection of life from the conception until its natural end.

The bill on dignified death has been submitted by six deputies.

The final decision will be up to parliament.

“The bill, if passed, could result in the killing of people,” Mladek wrote on Twitter.

Agriculture Minister Marian Jurecka (KDU-CSL) added, “I support help, loving care, solidarity and a high-level palliative care, this is a solution.”

According to the Prague Daily Monitor, the government:

believes that it is unsuitable for the Czech Republic to follow the example of the countries where euthanasia is legal, which the authors of the bill suggest.

“In these countries, cases of clear misuse of euthanasia have been proved, aimed to vacate hospital beds, as well as cases of family members pushing for euthanasia for dubious reasons, and also unpunished cases of the failure to observe the conditions set by law,” the government’s preliminary position said.

A similar bill on euthanasia, submitted by a senator, was turned down by the Czech upper house in 2008.

In April 2015, a Czech nurse confessed to killing six patients with massive overdoses of potassium in order to decrease her workload.

Editor’s note. This appeared on the blog of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.