Euthanasia: seven years later

“Proprio come sceglierò la mia nave quando mi accingerò ad un viaggio, o la mia casa quando intenderò prendere una residenza, così sceglierò la mia morte quando mi accingerò ad abbandonare la vita.” (SENECA)

Fabiano Antoniani (40), a famous Italian dj, got paralysed and blind after a car accident. He tried many therapies to lead a reasonable life again, but it was all in vain. So, the only thing which remained was committing euthanasia. In Italia euthanasia is still a crime; although Italian parliament was supposed to provide a legal solution for such cases, it didn’t. There is the Vatican and a stubborn conservative lobby in Italy which is strongly against a more liberal legislation. So Antoniani had to go to Switzerland to end his life; a man who accompanied him risks twelve years of prison when he returns to Italy. (1)

The case reminded me of an e-twinning project we had seven years ago with my colleague-philosopher Domenico Lanfranchi, of the Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Edith Stein in Gavirate (IT). It’s still one of my best European projects, when I look back to it. The starting point was the movie ,,Mar Adentro” with Javier Bardem, followed by some comparisons in legislations in Italy and Belgium, a chatroom-session and an e-Zine with some conclusions of the project. In those seven years nothing has changed: it puzzles me how moral standards in a culture remain the same and permissive legislation still is far away in Italy, while in Belgium we had meanwhile an extension of the law towards terminally ill children.

euthanasiekrant  (2)