Italian premier Giuseppe Conte has criticised a court ruling legalising assisted suicide, insisting that neither his training as a lawyer nor his catholic background would allow him to acknowledge such procedure, AFP reported on Saturday September 28th.
"To choose to be taken towards death and to ask help from personnel for that, who must be specialised, there some doubt is permitted," said Conte.
"And if one did get to that, one would have to at least recognise a conscientious objection for anyone who did not feel capable (of taking part)," he added.
Meanwhile, following the ruling by the constitutional court on Wednesday, Left-wing MP Nicola Fratoianni tweeted, "After the ruling, there are no more alibis: parliament should be capable of making a law of freedom for those who ask for self-determination and dignity for their lives."
However, the court cited that the ruling would only affect those found to be under unbearable suffering due to incurable physical and psychological illnesses, and who happen to be under life-support machines. Nonetheless, it has noted that taking such a decision should be taken both freely and consciously.
The court case focused on assisted suicide without mentioning euthanasia. The main difference between these two things lies in who performs the fatal act. Euthanasia is aimed at intentionally causing the consensual death of a patient by a third party, usually doctor, whereas assisted suicide is a procedure in which the doctor assists the patient by collaborating with him towards his death.
The fight against assisted suicide ramped up after a woman from the Netherlands had her life terminated by her family after they administered an injection of a euthanasia drug.
Only three countries in Europe have granted the use of both euthanasia and assisted suicide, including Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Switzerland, Germany, Finland, and Austria allow physician-assisted death under specific scenarios.
Countries such as Spain, Sweden, England, Italy, Hungary, and Norway allow passive euthanasia under strict circumstances.