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DEATH IN VENICE? NOT IF IT’S EUTHANASIA

While Belgium is even discussing euthanasia for severely handicapped children, Italy is likely to remain, even on this, on the dark side of Europe.

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The Italian Parliament is discussing an end-of-life law that would ultimately give terminal patients the freedom to decide when and how to die. But the obstructionism of many Catholic parliamentarians is likely to make it a joke.

In Italy, a country entrenched with Catholic culture even though there are fewer and fewer practicing Catholics, the freedom and self-determination of individuals is not a leading value. Especially when it comes to issues related to one’s body, from the beginning to the end of life — sexuality, conception, abortion, artificial fertilization, assisted suicide, euthanasia — the pressure of Catholic culture defining life as a “gift of God” still runs deep.

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