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French Senate rejected the bill on the end of life

France’s debate over end-of-life care goes to the Senate, with a bill that would allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, but stops short of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. The new bill would give people “the right to deep, continuous sedation until death.” Some doctors say it can mean patients are sedated for weeks, and that euthanasia may be more humane.
France’s senate has now voted against a bill allowing the sedation of terminally ill patients, fearing it would lead to allowing euthanasia, which is illegal in the country. Senators in Paris rejected the law by a vote of 196 – 87. Fortunately, that isn’t the end of it as the National Assembly has passed the bill earlier. Under the French system that means more legislative process, with the Assembly apparently having the final say…

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