.- The President of the Association of Christian Doctors of Catalonia, Josep Maria Simon, said the movie âMar adentro,â which was honored at the Venice Film Festival, is a âsentimental apology for euthanasia.â The controversial film by Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar won two Silver Lion awards, while the pro-abortion film âVera Drakeâ was given the top award, the Golden Lion.
âMar Adentroâ tells the story of Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic who committed suicide with the help of his friends in one of the most infamous dramas of recent Spanish history.
Speaking to Europa Press, Simon criticized the âlack of accuracyâ in the Amenabarâs account of some aspects of the life of Sampedro and said the film makes a mockery of a paraplegic priest who befriended Sampedro.
In addition, Simon wondered âwhy, if euthanasia is outlawed in Spain and was applied to Sampedro, has nobody been condemned for itâ and that in his judgment, âthis leads one to believe that things can happen and the law will not do anything.â
He also he considered it âsuspiciousâ that the filmâs director, Alejandro Amenabar, recently revealed that he is a homosexual. According to Simon, âthis is a propaganda effort by the film and the gay lobby that surrounds it.â
Simon recalled that Sampedroâs case âhas always been used in favor of euthanasia.â âIt is an extreme case and therefore you cannot draw conclusions to make universal laws,â he added.More reactions
The spokeswoman for the Association of the Study of Bioethics in Spain, Isabel Viladomiu, also criticized the film, saying it made Ramon Sampedro into a âeuthanasia martyr.â
Speaking with Europa Press as well, she said âMar Adentroâ is an account of a real story that âhas been manipulatedâ by those who want to promote euthanasia.
Viladomiu said âMar Adentroâ is again stirring up the debate on euthanasia, which her association says âis not a solution to suffering.â
She also warned that the legalization of euthanasia would lead to what she called âa slippery slope, just as was the case with abortion, which went from 7 cases in 1985 to more than 70,000 in 2004.â