2 September 2008 – Andalucia, Spain The Government of the Andalucia announced that it is preparing a sweeping new euthanasia law. The law gives patients the right to refuse treatment and to receive medication to control pain, even if doing so will hasten death. Critics, however, suggest that the law goes too far. The law suggests that Doctors would face substantial fines (well in excess of $1 Million) for keeping their patients alive if their attempts were found to be :useless” or “unjustified” according to an AFP report.
According to LifeSite News:
The president of the Andaluz Council of Medical Colleges, Carlos Gonzalez-Vilardell, denounced the idea, saying he opposed putting doctors “under the sword of Damocles in the face of possible fines”.