MEXICO CITY SINKING TOWARD EUTHANASIA
As reported by Zenit earlier this year, the legislation originally stipulated "that there will be juridical protection for doctors willing to permit death to occur by withholding basic necessities, such as food and water".
This is only the latest challenge to life in the capital of the world's second-largest Roman Catholic nation. In April Mexico City voted to legalize abortion. Mexico City has also led the way in legitimizing homosexuality in Latin America by approving homosexual civil unions.
“The issue is not about death with dignity but rather life with dignity; it’s about having a life of dignity in better conditions and not therapeutic cruelty,” Representative Juan Carlos Beltran, the main sponsor of the bill, told the AP earlier this year.
Leftist lawmaker Victor Hugo Cirigo defended the law citing a provision that also permits the donation of organs by those who chose to end their lives.
Mexico City is a federal district with its own legislature, and has a population of approximately 8.7 million.
There has been no reaction yet from the Church.
I am reminded of a statement in the Pope's recent encyclical "Spe Salvi",: "We can try to limit suffering, to fight against it, but we cannot eliminate it," Benedict writes. "It is when we attempt to avoid suffering by withdrawing from anything that might involve hurt, when we try to spare ourselves the effort and pain of pursuing truth, love, and goodness, that we drift into a life of emptiness, in which there may be almost no pain, but the dark sensation of meaninglessness and abandonment is all the greater."