Debate on end of life: what could the bill change?

A new bill on the end of life is currently being debated in the National Assembly. She wishes to give “the right to a free and chosen end-of-life”.

The end of life is a heated debate in France. The Leonetti law had already made it possible, in 2005, to make progress on this issue. A new proposal, carried by the deputy Olivier Falorni, wishes to give “the right to a free and chosen end of life“. It is currently under debate in the National Assembly, at the heart of a health crisis which continues to update the subject. What would it change if it were adopted?

Since 2005, several advances have made it possible to legislate the end of life in France. First, the Leonetti law prohibited therapeutic relentlessness by recognizing the patient’s right to refuse treatment. This law was then adopted in 2016, this time allowing the patient to request a “deep and continuous sedation until death”. What is on the table this time is the possibility of going further, and opting for what is called a “active euthanasia “.

A request under conditions

Not everyone could ask to end their life with doctors. This would apply to patients “in the advanced or terminal phase of a serious and incurable disease”, Firstly. Another condition is that the person in question should be the victim of “physical or psychological suffering” without the possibility of medication, or “that he considers unbearable”.

Concretely, the law would offer patients in this precise case to be helped by the medical profession to reach death in a “fast and painless” way formulate the proposal. The objective of this text is to allow those who wish to be able to die “with dignity”, as is already the case in neighboring countries, such as Switzerland and Belgium, which some French people at the end of their life are joining. to access this type of support.

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