CNN’s 2016 Hero of The Year Fights Euthanasia

Jeison Aristizabal

(Catholic News Agency) – In 2016, Jeison Aristizabal was named CNN’s Hero of the Year for overcoming the challenges posed by cerebral palsy and working to help children with disabilities in Colombia.

Today, Aristizabal, 38, is focusing his efforts on fighting a measure to legalize euthanasia in Colombia.

In October 2017, Colombia’s Constitutional Court instructed the Department of Health to produce within four months regulations for administering “death with dignity” to “boys, girls and adolescents” with disabilities and terminal illness.

The Colombian court said that its ruling seeks to prevent minors from becoming “victims of cruel and inhumane treatment because their right to die with dignity is being denied.” CONTINUE