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The Protestant pastor Stefanie Schardien has criticized the recent ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court on euthanasia as too far-reaching. She worries about people "who are insecure, more vulnerable and not as well informed".
"The judges say: you no longer have to be terminally ill to have a right to assisted suicide, and you have the right at any age, at any stage of life," the "Wort zum Sonntag" spokeswoman told the Protestant monthly magazine "chrismon" (November ie).
If the Bundestag now pours the February ruling into a law, it must "urgently draw in barriers," the priest from Furth explained. Schardien is a member of the Bavarian state synod and the presidium of the German Protestant Church Congress.
Of course, there are tragic individual cases where, despite all the possibilities of palliative medicine, the wish to die remains and this is also understandable from the outside, said Schardien. "And yet I think that our country would not have to grant a legal right to assisted suicide because of this, especially since assisted suicide by relatives and loved ones has already remained unpunished in our country so far."
In a 2015 survey by the Social Science Institute of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), 60 percent of people expressed fear that legalizing euthanasia would increase prere on people not to be a burden on relatives. "That would probably be a lot more tragic cases," the 44-year-old theologian emphasized. "For these people we also need a voice."
"A happy endpoint of enlightenment"
Actor Ulrich Matthes also argued that the Bundestag should modify the Karlsruhe ruling. Possibly, mandatory interviews should be introduced or the social environment should be questioned. Spontaneously, he welcomed the court decision, the 61-year-old said. But then he soon thought of young people "who are so lonely that they think of suicide". He wishes that "one is supported by a society, if one goes through a terrible, existential valley".
At the same time, Matthes, who has been a member of the ensemble of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin since 2004, said he believes it is right "that the unbearably suffering person who has the feeling that he has lived his life and that it should now be good should not have to jump off the bridge, but should be able to end his life in a way that he considers dignified. "For me, this is a happy endpoint of enlightenment." A sick person's right to control his or her body must come first, he said.