“Every human being has the inherent right to live in the fullness of human dignity from the beginning to the natural death in all life situations,” said Dangutė Mikutienė of the Labour party.
“61% of Lithuanian residents and part of the medical society agree to a law on euthanasia. The parliament has no right to ignore the opinion of Lithuanian citizens, as human death must be regulated by law, which takes account of the human right of choice, of free will to choose painless demise. However, we have heard that human death is not important to the head of the Health Committee,” said Pavilionienė.
Vice Chairman of the Health Committee conservative Antanas Matulas said “I do not know whether a person can have the right to choose to die in another person’s hands. There is no need to promote the culture of death, we have to go the other way.”
Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as in five US states – Vermont, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico and Montana. In some countries, such as India and Mexico, passive euthanasia is legal where a terminally ill patient is no longer treated to only prolong their suffering.