Euthanasia and the right to be free: Marco Cappato speaks about dj Fabo

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London – by Chiara Fiorillo

The death of Dj Fabo last month created much controversy and a big discussion spread not only all over Italy, but all over the world: should euthanasia be made legal everywhere?

Marco Cappato, Italian politician and leader of Associazione Luca Coscioni, is the promoter of the campaign #LiberiFinoAllaFine, supporting the right to choose how to end your own life. He went to Switzerland with dj Fabo, who wanted to end his life, but he could not do so in his country.

Marco spoke to London One Radio, the Official Italian Radio in London.

How do you feel now?

I am happy to have helped dj Fabo: this is only the beginning of a fight to allow everyone to be free to choose how to end their own life. This problem is common all over the world, but it has found a solution in Belgium, Netherlands and in Switzerland. Unfortunately, Italy has not given this issue much importance yet.

Have you ever had any doubt?

I was very careful in not doing any mistake because I promised Fabo to help him till the end. I asked him whether he still wanted some time to think about it. Even when we arrived there, in Switzerland, I told him that, in case he was not sure, I could bring him back to Milan. However, he really wanted to end his life, so I could not give much space to my doubts.

According to the law, you cannot go with someone for their assisted suicide. How do you feel from a legal point of view?

I think it is important to start considering this issue. I travelled for 5 hours to go to Switzerland with Fabo, but what if I was coming from Sicily? It would have been impossible. Also, if you cannot afford it, you cannot decide to end your life, which I don’t think is good.

Fabo was irremediably blind and probably this is one of the reasons why he took the decision to die. When someone who is sick asks for assistance, you have to give it to them. There are no unworthy lives to be lived: everyone can choose how to live (or end) theirs. The problem is that governments should listen to the will of the person more: legalising euthanasia also means preventing people to do it clandestinely.

What about the law on bioassay in Italy?

In a few days, it will be passed to Camera dei Deputati for approval. It is not a law regarding euthanasia, but it gives you the possibility to say who you trust and who the doctors should speak to, in case you cannot take decisions by yourself anymore. In this way, it prevents people to live with a condition they did not want to live with.

If the law passes, it would be a great step forward, even if a minor one. Doctors are crucial, but the final choice depends on the patient. If, at some point, he decides to turn off the machines, his will has to be respected.

What are the last things DJ Fabo said?

He sent a message to his friends: “Fasten your seatbelts when driving, this could be the greatest present for me.” He was like that because of a car accident and this demonstrates he was still clear headed even straight before dying. He decided to die voluntarily, yet in saying so he stated again how important life is.


Listen to the interview here: