Friday, January 27, 2012

Council of Europe votes against euthanasia



January 27, 2012. (Romereports.com) For the first time in decades, euthanasia has been directly rejected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

In a resolution, it says “euthanasia, in the sense of the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit, must always be prohibited.”

Even though some European countries allow euthanasia, this resolution shows that as a whole Europe opposes it. It also highlights that intentional killing, should not be allowed.

The resolution states that when people are faced with an ill family member, one should always opt for “pro-life” and the prolongation of life.

The Council of Europe is based in Strasbourg, France. It includes 47 European countries. Its objectives are the protection of human rights, rule of law, promoting culture and consolidating democratic stability.

Belgium and Holland for example legally allow euthanasia. But this, resolution sends a clear message that as a whole Europe supports the extension of life.

Even though the resolution is not legally binding, supporters say it's a symbolic gesture that shows Europe supports life.

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