Parliament discusses today and votes referendum on euthanasia on Friday

Parliament is discussing today and voting on Friday on a proposal for a referendum on euthanasia, which divides right and left, but in which there is a majority bloc for "failing", from PS, BE, PCP, PAN and ENP.

The two largest parties, PS and PSD, gave their deputies the freedom to vote on this popular initiative, which collected more than 95 thousand signatures for consultation and for which there is already a question: “Do you agree that killing another person should your request or help you commit suicide continue to be punishable by criminal law under any circumstances? ”

At the outset, and it is unknown how many deputies will be "misaligned" between socialists and social democrats, there is a block of 142 potential "no" votes that can "fail" the proposal, joining the PS, BE, PCP, PEV and PAN.

Even discounting possible different votes in the PS bench, which has the freedom to vote, deputies against the referendum heard by Lusa consider that “there is scope” to stop this popular referendum initiative, supported by the Catholic Church, which collected around 95 thousand signatures, in favor of the referendum.

116 votes will be needed and potentially they can leave a group of 142.

On the other side, on the right will be CDS (5) and Chega (1). Among the centrists there is freedom to vote, but the group's leadership told Lusa that all deputies agree with the vote in favor of the "indispensable" referendum.

Among the 79 members of the PSD, who gave freedom to vote, there should be a large part in favor. Within the PS bench, it is admitted that some "misaligned" vote in favor.

The only deputy of the Liberal Initiative, João Cotrim Figueiredo, will only announce his vote on Thursday, during the debate, which will have an extended time grid, of 91 minutes, that is, an hour and a half.

If the referendum is "unsuccessful", the parliamentary process of the decriminalization of euthanasia law will continue and be concluded, based on five projects (Bloco, PS, ENP, Liberal Initiative and PAN) approved, in general, in February.

Constitutionally, it is up to the Assembly of the Republic to vote and decide the referendum proposal, on the initiative of deputies, parliamentary groups, the Government or groups of voter citizens.

This referendum proposal is the result of a popular initiative, an initiative of the Portuguese Federation for Life, delivered in June to the Assembly of the Republic.

If approved, the referendum proposal is sent to the President of the Republic, who will ask the Constitutional Court to preventively review its constitutionality. If you have a “green light”, it is Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa who makes the decision.

The Assembly of the Republic is currently debating the decriminalization of medically assisted death, which, in order to become a law, needs to be voted on in the specialty and final global vote and then promulgated by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

On the right, the CDS and Chega are against the law, and on the left, the PCP is also against the law. In the PSD there are divisions and in the PS, mostly in favor, too.

The diplomas provide, in particular, that persons over 18 years of age, without mental problems or illnesses, in a situation of suffering and with an incurable disease, can only ask for medically assisted death.

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