The National Assembly adopts the article on euthanasia but not the bill on the end of life, due to lack of time

Due to lack of time, Thursday, April 8, the deputies did not adopt in session the bill giving "the right to a free and chosen end of life."

The law proposal giving "the right to a free and chosen end of life" carried by the deputy Olivier Falorni (Freedom and Territories group) could not be adopted by the National Assembly Thursday evening because of a lack of time. The deputies had in fact only one afternoon to examine the law. In addition, its adoption was compromised from the outset by the tabling of more than 3 amendments, including a majority tabled by LR deputies, determined that euthanasia is not legalized.

If the text never mentions the term "euthanasia" that is what it is because the bill proposes to open recourse to "active medical assistance to die" for any person "capable and major in advanced or terminal phase of a serious and incurable disease. "

Freedom for some, transgression for others, this text is debated among the deputies even outside the hemicycle. More than 270 deputies, from all political stripes, co-signed a platform in the JDD on April 3 to demand "a debate and a vote on the extension of the legislation on the end of life and therefore on euthanasia". While MPs The Republicans strongly opposed his legislation in a column published in Le Figaro the April 7.

If this is a battle won for those who are most resistant to this bill, it would seem that a first step towards victory has been taken for those who support it. Because the examination of the text could not be completed, but article XNUMX was adopted. On Twitter, Olivier Falorni, the bearer of the bill, welcomes what he considers a “historic” vote.

Because the article adopted by a very large majority of 240 votes for and 48 against, is precisely the most important article of the text that creates the right to active medical assistance in dying. Even if this article XNUMX seems to be unanimous among the deputies, its vote is for the moment only symbolic since the bill could not be adopted in its entirety. For the rest, its examination will have to be continued during the next niche of the Libertés et Territoires group, the date of which is not yet known. Olivier Falorni calls on the government to "take over this text to have this right definitively adopted".

Camille Westphal Perrier

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