Spanish Language Skills Needed
One of the most exciting and unanticipated recent advances in the legalization of assisted dying occurred in the South American nation of Columbia. There, in May of 1997, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Columbian constitution protects the privacy of a patient who seeks the assistance of a physician to hasten death.
Over the past year the ruling was challenged and appealed but the Justices have remained firm in their defense of assisted dying. Thus, the ruling is unique in the world for its sweeping impact on an entire nation. It is also remarkable as a court-awarded guarantee of individual liberty in a predominantly Catholic country.
We would like to study this ruling and distribute it to interested individuals but, of course, it is written in Spanish. We need a volunteer with sufficient Spanish expertise to translate this court ruling. Please contact us if you can help.
This article was provided by Compassion in Dying. It is a part of the publication Compassion in Dying.