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Euthanasia bill fails in French parliament

Euthanasia bill fails in French parliament

Paris, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The French National Assembly could not vote on a bill on the right to euthanasia for patients who suffer from incurable illnesses, due to 3,000 amendments presented in the debate that ended early Friday.
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The parliamentary group Liberties and Territories only had Thursday’s debate to submit the text promoted by deputy Olivier Falorni, an initiative that divides the political forces at the Bourbon Palace.

During a debate, only the amendment by legislator Guillaume Chiche to article 1, dedicated to ‘active medical assistance in dying’, was approved by 240 votes for and 48 against.

Just five deputies of the Republican Party (traditional right) introduced more than 2,000 of 3,000 amendments in the Chamber, a figure that left no doubt about the impossibility of advancing the project.

According to the proposal, any person with legal capacity and majority age can decide to end his/her life, in case of a serious and incurable disease, which is considered unbearable and with no real option to mitigate it.

For Falorni, the initiative represents a high individual degree of freedom for French citizens, a criterion with many detractors in the National Assembly.

The government recently estimated that this is not the time to debate on euthanasia, taking into account that the priority is the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, in which almost 100,000 French people have died in the last 13 months.

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