The approval of the public health unit’s ethics committee in the Marche region came after a long procedural battle and following a 2019 Constitutional Court ruling that assisted suicide should not be punished.
The Court ruled at that time in relation to Marco Cappato, a politician of the Radical party, who heard the charges and was later brought to trial for having organized a trip to Switzerland, completely paralyzed after the accident of a young man who sought euthanasia. Eventually, Cappato was acquitted.
Now completely paralyzed after a car accident, the 43-year-old man he is assisting has received Italy’s first approval from the health ethics committee.
The association in which Cappato works, helping in such cases, quoted the words of his ward in response to this decision: “I want to be free to choose the end of my life. Nobody can say that it is not too bad with me that I have to live in such conditions. and no one can condemn me to a life of torture.
Now, after the opinion has been issued by the medical committee, the association explained, the process for administering the euthanasia drug needs to be established.
In the press comments, it is noted that in the two years that have passed since the Constitutional Court called on parliament to adopt a law implementing its ruling on assisted suicide, no such legislation has been enacted. Therefore, as the Cappato association emphasized, people like Mario are doomed to “court calvary”.