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French introduce Bill for terminally ill to choose their way to die

Taken from the World Right-to-Die Newsletter issue no. 46, Januray 2005.

A bill has been introduced which would enable the terminally ill to choose their way to die. The medical profession could help with these decisions but would not be directly responsible. The law would establish a distinction between those cases where there was no hope of recovery and those where some chance still existed. Living wills would apply only in the case of those who had become unconscious and would not be binding on doctors. If there were no living will, at least two doctors would have to be involved in any decision to cease treatment.

ADMD organized a petition in 2004 to campaign for an immediate public debate on assisted dying. This has attracted 90,743 signatures. A call by doctors for the decriminalization of euthanasia has so far received 2,635 signatures.