Jalisco lawmaker Roberto Mendoza last week submitted a bill to Congress hat he says will allow those suffering with a terminal illness to “die with dignity.”
The Death with Dignity bill takes its cue from legislation passed over the last two decades in the U.S. states of Oregon, Washington and Vermont.
Mendoza said he had met extensively with terminally ill patients and doctors before drafting the legislation.
He said he expects a thorough discussion of the bill with all sectors of society, including Catholic Church leaders.
Speaking during last Sunday’s homily at mass in Guadalajara’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega, the archbishop of Guadalajara, said the church will strongly oppose any attempt to introduce “assisted dying” or “euthanasia” in the state of Jalisco,