Court of Ecuador will analyze the legalization of euthanasia | News

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The Constitutional Court of Ecuador (CCE) set the hearing for November 20 to discuss the possible legalization of euthanasia in the country in response to the request of Ecuadorian Paola Roldán, who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).


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This will be the first time that the high court studies an appeal to legalize euthanasia as a means for people with serious and incurable diseases and injuries to exercise their right to a dignified death.

The CCE recognized the importance of the case, so it is expected that the hearing will raise the necessary arguments to give way to the legal practice of euthanasia for those suffering from terminal illnesses.

The lawsuit filed by Paola Roldán appeals to article 144 of the Comprehensive Organic Penal Code (COIP), which contradicts constitutional principles. Among them, personal autonomy, human dignity and the right to a dignified death.

In her request, the 42-year-old Ecuadorian raises euthanasia as a way to exercise her access to a dignified death and put an end to her suffering.

The hearing on November 20 will be presided over by constitutional judge Enrique Herrería, who must verify that all parties are present.

After the hearing, the CCE will take between two and three weeks to make its decision on euthanasia.

In Latin America, only Colombia decriminalized euthanasia in 1997. The parliaments of Uruguay and Chile are discussing projects in this regard, while in Mexico there is the so-called "good death" law, which authorizes the patient or his family to request that life is not prolonged by artificial means.

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