Communist Cuba Final Economic Solution
Cuba became the second country in Latin America and the Caribbean to authorize euthanasia, following Colombia.
The Communist-run country’s National Assembly passed the measure as part of legislation updating the nation’s legal framework for its universal and free healthcare system.
Critics said that the Communist Party was desperate to reduce older and sicker parts of the population that required costly medical care and social welfare. None of their economic plans succeeded, but the assisted death appeared to Communists in Havana to be an adequate response.
“The right of people to a dignified death is recognized in end-of-life decisions, which may include the limitation of therapeutic effort, continuous or palliative care, and valid procedures that end life,” the final draft of the legislation stated.
Euthanasia and medically assisted suicide, opposed by Christians, and most religions, sparks huge controversy around the world where just a handful of countries allow the practice and some equate it with murder.
Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Canada, Australia, Spain, Germany, New Zealand and some states in the United States also allow euthanasia and, in some of these countries, medically assisted suicide where there is great suffering but no terminal illness.