Palliative Care Act
Palliative Care Act
Proposed by Councilor Emma Granger (Montenbourg)
My fellow councillors, and Mr. Speaker, this is a personal bill. I am a big believer in allowing people to act with dignity as and where they want. I firmly believe this extends to the right to die with dignity.
My dear Grandma, passed in early 2021 from cancer that had been diagnosed only a few days before. She suffered from dementia, and was prone to falling over, and had only entered hospital after she had fallen over as a precaution. While there, my father and his two sisters agreed that she couldn't return home as she was, a thought that upset her greatly, even in her demented state. Fortunately, the cancer took her before we had to make that decision. This is an Act for her and all the people in this Union.
AN ACT to offer an option for terminally ill patients to die at home.
Section 1 - Definition Home- Permanent place of resident for the patient Terminally ill - Patient is at the last stages, meaning no cure or viable treatment for survival and death being the expected result
Section 2 - Right to Die at Home
Under this section:
(1) If the doctor of the attending patient considers them to likely die within 6 months;
a) The terminally ill patient has the right to know that they can live the rest of days at home given appropriate treatment prescribed by the patients doctor. If the patient exercises the right the the doctor must record information in patients medical records.
(2) The European Health Organization must provide appropriate guidelines for healthcare service in how to implement the right in an effective way
I do agree with Mrs Granger on being compassionate to those with terminal conditions and you have my condolences on your loss, I know what it's like to lose a family member so young , and its tragic . But that said I will be voting against this bill , I am going to be frank this is a social issue that is none of the EU's business , we are already seeing record Euroscepticism , I fear another power grab legislation like this will only further increase Euroscepticism. This is an area for nations to decide not the EU, I will not vote for an act that will cause a Krexit or Anglexit or make the case stronger.
James Mizrachi-Roscoe , Councillor for United Duchies
Ooc: this would be after debate opens apologies
I respect the presence of Eurosceptics in the Union, as it could be seen as a guarantee of a greater legitimacy for the European political system as long as their ideas are effectively countered and not muffled. However taking we should take Europeans concerns seriously and addressing salient issues, building on a sense of togetherness, and caring about public trust should inspire a course of action at the global level.
Insufficient progress along these dimensions has played a key role not only in Krexit or Anglexit, but also in the backlash against the multilateral world order underpinning globalisation. This is a way to make progress.
The starting point to reengaging with europeans should thus be to listen more attentively to them identifying salient issues and appropriate policy responses such as this one.
Councillor for Montenbourg
With respect Miss Granger you are the perfect example of why nations are facing a eurosceptic surge and the union is breaking apart. We have an increasing trend of intrusive legislation telling countries how they should run their healthcare, education and social issues that does not regard the local cultures. This act does that , we all sympathise with you and situations of the terminally ill but there are various reasons as to why dying at home may not be an option , cost to a country , culture of said country and this bill disregards all of that. It quite frankly comes across as another liberal do gooder telling the European people and countries how they should run their affairs. There is no human right to die at home and there are circumstances as to why it may not work.
Maybe its time we stopped developing bills for every minutia issue and instead let nations decide how to run themselves and what their social policies should be. The best way the Eu can "re-engage" is simple, listen and get the heck out of the way of peoples lives and nations democracy. Every day you only prove you are part of do-gooder euro-federalist out of touch elite who wants to enforce their will on the people.
James Mizrachi-Roscoe, Councillour for United Duchies
Debate on this shall CONTINUE until 23:00 GMT on July 17th, 2021.
Deputy Speaker and Councillor for Spain
"Although the Imperial Government shares in Cllr Granger's view that palliative care and the right to die ought to be well-established principles of any decent nation. This is why His Imperial Majesty Emperor Artabanos recently signed a Decree commuting past prison sentences for doctors who performed assisted suicides, and legalising assisted suicides for all age groups under strict conditions. In that sense, Inimician policy already goes way beyond the scope of this Act, and I'm sure Cllr Granger would applaud His Imperial Majesty for the steps He has taken in this regard.
"Nevertheless, the Empire would not consider telling other administrations, or even encouraging them, to take similar steps. And that is why the Empire cannot support this Act as it stands. Healthcare policy lies at the heart of a nation's culture, society, and government, and cannot be prescribed -- pardon the pun -- from outside. The Imperial Government sees Cllr Granger's good intentions with this Act, and hope she will bring more encouraging proposals to this Council."
Councillor for Inimicus
I join Councilor Mizrachi-Roscoe in extending my condolences to you, Councilor Granger, regarding your grandmother. I hope that her memory has and will make you stronger going foward. Nevertheless, while I do sympathize with the bill that you have put forth and would support such a policy at home, this bill goes beyond the scope that the Ruthenish government in which it wishes Europe to be involved. Questions involving death is perhaps one of the most controversial issues when we are discussing morality and I do not feel its appropriate for a intergovernmental body to enforce any moral position on the question of assisted suicide at this time. If a government is operating from a different moral framework that forbids any killing of a citizen, even in assisted suicide-- it is their right as far as Ruthund is concerned. It may seem extreme and backwards to us, but we must be careful not to require every nation in Europe adopt a positive legal system is they chose to adopt a normative legal system instead. Hence, I will be voting against this bill.
EU Councilor, Ruthund
Thank you dearest friends for your kind words. Your interventions mean a lot about we as a community, let´s keep on building a union together. I ask the Speaker to retrieve this bill.
Councillor of Montenbourg
This bill has been withdrawn from consideration.
Deputy Speaker and Councillor for Spain