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Assisted dying: case of man who helped his wife to die reignites Spain’s euthanasia debate

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 11 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1764
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. Madrid

Spain’s acting president, Pedro Sánchez, has promised to try to push through legislation to legalise euthanasia if he wins the general election later this month.

His commitment was prompted by the death of María José Carrasco, a 61 year old woman with multiple sclerosis, who was helped to die by her husband, Ángel Hernández, on 3 April.

Hernández videotaped a conversation with Carrasco, who had multiple sclerosis for three decades, in which she confirmed several times that she wanted to end her life. He also recorded the moment he offered her a glass containing the sodium pentobarbital that she had acquired online, as well as her death.

In the video Hernández says that his wife wanted to end her life “the sooner, the better” and explains that he …

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