Portugal’s President Vetoes Euthanasia Bill

(WAPO) — Portugal’s president has refused to sign for the second time a parliament-sanctioned bill allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, arguing the wording is imprecise and effectively shelving the piece of legislation until a new parliament and government are chosen early next year.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the staunch Catholic who has remained popular for more than five years as head of the Portuguese state, already showed reservations over the bill’s first version when he sent it to the country’s top court earlier this year. CONTINUE