May. 12th, 2012

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Yesterday, the Senate approved two much-awaited laws: the right to have a dignified death and the right to access to sex-change therapy and surgery. 

I'm really glad the Senate decided to grant people the right to control their own lives and identities and very pleased that my country is getting up to date with these issues. I am sure the Church will protest, but there's an overwhelmingly support from the general population, which is great news. 

From now on, terminal patients and their families will have the right to decline life-prolonging treatments if they want to. As someone who has lost two family members to a cruel disease and has seen them waste away in agony, I cannot begin to explain what this means. Until now, doctors could (and did) help patients with morphine, but we had no way to prevent our loved ones to be subjected to degrading methods that made them "stay alive" in the most basic sense. Alive as in with a beating heart, as if that is life. 

I have no personal experience on sex-change treatments, but I still feel incredibly glad that people who need it (as well as surgery) can now get it without getting a judge involved. It's a step towards making a better, fairer country. 

It is a pity, though, that this progressive legislation (that joins the legalisation of same sex marriage, the legalisation of abortion in rape cases, the creation of femicide as an specific crime, the broadening of campaigns protecting women, the efforts to make schools and society more inclusive for minorities) is not accompanied by more transparent institutions and respect for the opposition. It's a sad reality that the government is corrupt and authoritarian. It's a sad reality that the press who don't conform to the official narrative is persecuted and that the government manipulates statistics to present a reality that is just false. It's also a sad reality that books are being censored -sorry, that foreign books face restrictions to enter the country, as if it's something other than censorship- that we are losing all international credibility and that the aggressive campaign regarding the Falklands/Malvinas is disrespectful to everyone involved and that makes the worst of nationalism resurface. 

It is a pity that my country cannot have a normal, orderly government but always fall for some form of populism and corruption when it's not on its knees and kissing someone else's ass. 

I think it's not too much to ask for a good government, a clean democracy and honest institutions in addition to progressive legislation. 

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