.- During a press conference organized by the Bishops Conference of Spain in which the bishops announced the launching of a national campaign to âmobilize the consciencesâ of Catholics against euthanasia, the president of the National Federation of Associations of Spinal Cord Injury Victims and the Severely Handicapped, Alberto de Pinto, said if there is anything that unites the countryâs 12 million spinal cord injury sufferers it is their love for life and their rejection of euthanasia as a solution to their anguish. According to De Pinto, âmanyâ quadriplegics contacted him after the release of the pro-euthanasia film, âMar Adentroâ (âThe Sea Insideâ), the story of quadriplegic Ramon Sampedro, in order to express their âindignationâ that the spotlight has been shined again on the case of somebody âwho wanted to commit suicide,â giving the impression that such individuals have nothing left to do âbut to die.â
âThis is false,â said De Pinto, underscoring at the same time that the government should provide funding to improve the quality of life for quadriplegics.
He also called it âshamefulâ to âuse a spinal cord victimâ in order to open the debate on euthanasia. If the money used in Sampedroâs case to promote euthanasia had instead been directed at improving his situation, âmost assuredly he would not have wanted to die.â