JUNTA DEBATES `DIGNIFIED DEATH´ LAW

The Junta de Andalucia’s Ethics and Health Research commission will begin to debate a law this week to guarantee people a “dignified death”. It will be the first of its kind in Spain and the Junta’s Health councillor María Jesús Montero said the law would clarify “concepts that are often confused and which are radically different”, such as euthanasia, assisted suicide, or withdrawal of artificial treatments. She said the law will not include euthanasia or assisted suicide because they appear in the Penal Code and are therefore in the jurisdiction of the central government in Madrid.

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