Denver Newsroom, Jul 18, 2022 / 14:32 pm
In response to the recent decision of Peru’s Supreme Court to permit euthanasia for Ana Estrada, a woman with an incurable disease, the archbishop of Piura in northern Peru, José Antonio Eguren, said “there’s no right to dispose of the life of others” nor one’s own life.
“There’s no right to dispose of the life of others, there’s no right to dispose of one’s own life,” the prelate wrote in a July 16 statement. “Euthanasia is a crime against life, which never loses its dignity. In addition, incurable is not synonymous with ‘little value,’ ‘less dignity,’ or ‘un-careable.’”
The Peruvian Supreme Court upheld on July 14 the decision of a lower court to allow Estrada, who suffers from polymyositis, an incurable disease that has left her in a wheelchair, to put an end to her life through euthanasia.
According to Eguren, the Supreme Court’s ruling “constitutes a usurpation of legislative functions.”