Euthanasia and civil rights? “We will take them to the courts, not the Parliament”

Many people saw him as a candidate in next spring’s European elections, but this time Marco Cappato is playing another game, choosing to dictate the agenda to others. Luca Coscioni, treasurer of the association, together with the Eumans movement, a network of NGOs from all over Europe, presented six written petitions and asked all parties competing in the competition to sign them.

For now, +Europa (Riccardo Magi was also present at the press conference where the proposals were announced), Action, the pan-European movement Volt and the European Movement have participated. The petitions concern abortion, marijuana, euthanasia, intensive agriculture, carbon pricing and artificial intelligence.

He chose not to run, but to play the role of promoter of examples; The reason for this decision?

“In fact, I have been out of the European Parliament for 14 years. In the meantime, through civil disobedience, non-violence and objections, we have changed the laws on assisted reproduction and end-of-life. If we had a small patrol of parliamentarians we would have succeeded, because that is one of the problems with the electoral democracy that operates in our country: according to our factions “We make judgments and everyone must get their share of the consensus. Through the means of public participation and the decisions of the Constitutional Court”.

But he was a candidate in the by-election in Monza…

“The by-elections are actually the only elections in which the Anglo-Saxon constituency system of representation exists: I put forward my candidacy beyond the agreements between the parties. Everything went well, but now let’s get back to our method.”.


Aren’t you afraid of being identified as people who obtain laws through the courts rather than by the unanimous vote of the people?

“In the USA, abortion was guaranteed by the Supreme Court decision, then it was effectively annulled. We think that fundamental rights, constitutional rights, are above the legislation. Therefore, we are proud to keep these constitutional rights alive in the courtrooms. The Italian Parliament can pass a good law regarding the end of life or “He can legalize drugs, but unfortunately he is paralyzed on these issues.”

Are you asking Europe with your petitions to do something that cannot be done in Italy?

“At this historical moment, Europe is used as a scapegoat for the impotence of national politics. Europe is accused of hiding the limitations of national governments, especially on economic policies. We want to carry out this operation on purpose: using the European Union to improve people’s freedoms and rights, the quality of the environment and ecosystem Europe The Union has skills that need to be used fully on issues that it cannot face or think about, especially at the national level, even if it wanted to. For example, artificial intelligence: In this great revolution, the European continent is in danger of breaking away from the challenge of the USA and China. However, we believe that Europe has an alternative model, civilian artificial intelligence. “We think it can be a carrier in the service. The number of people realized through public investment. Only Europe can do this. Only Europe can cope with the emergency of climate change, as well as reorganize the taxes on work, which are under pressure due to automation and clearly polluting emissions.”

six petitions

Abortion: There are calls for abortion to be included in the “Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union” and for an assembly of European citizens to convene on this issue.

Cannabis: There are calls to decriminalize cannabis and encourage its therapeutic use. To do this, the European Union must allocate the necessary resources for therapeutic cannabis research, promote access to cannabis based on scientific evidence and patient experience, and allow patients to transport cannabis across the EU to fully enjoy the right to health. .

Euthanasia: It is requested that the right to voluntary assisted death be included in the “Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union”; To ensure mutual recognition of declarations of will and advance directives within the EU by creating a common database.

Intensive agriculture: The next mandate calls for an urgent and decisive commitment to prioritize key measures aimed at reducing polluting emissions and tackling intensive agriculture.

Carbon pricing: It calls for redistributing a significant part of the revenues from carbon pricing to low-income families, thus shifting taxation from business to the consumption of non-renewable resources, thus strengthening the EU’s social climate fund.

Artificial intelligence: There are calls for the development of artificial intelligence systems as a public service for the right to information and democracy. Therefore, creating open-source civil AI systems, including documents such as legal regulations, case law, cultural and scientific assets from the public administrations of the Member States and the European Union.

One of your petitions concerns euthanasia, a fight he has personally voiced over the years, even in courtrooms. In the meantime, your bill will need to be discussed in 14 regions: What are you waiting for?

“Our system already recognizes the right to be assisted in dying under certain conditions, but this right needs to be guaranteed by the public health services, hence the regions. That is why we have presented the proposal in 14 regional councils. In Liguria, where the President, the centre-right advocate Giovanni Toti, the discussion is already “It is at an advanced stage and he expressed a positive opinion: We hope it can be the first region to approve it. Wherever it is approved, I think the Constitutional Court will fail.”

First of all, the Supreme Court will have to explain its opinion regarding your “civil disobedience”.

“The decision regarding the assistance I provided to DJ Fabo, who asked us to die painlessly four years ago, recognized that this was true for those dependent on life-support treatments, as well as for those suffering from irreversible pathologies and unbearable pain. The strict application of these criteria is discriminatory, We believe that it discriminates against some patients. The terminally ill cancer patient is not hooked up to a machine and therefore might be considered not dependent on life-sustaining treatment: what is the point of excluding him? If it is his choice and will, is he deprived of the right to be helped to die? Now the Constitutional Court, Florence Court’ “He will have to decide on the appeal of Felicetta Maltese, Chiara Lalli and me in the case that risked imprisonment. In Switzerland, up to 12 years in prison for accompanying the death of a multiple sclerosis patient.”

Source: Today IT

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