September 25, 2022

All the things is political in France, even dying. One would assume that President Macron had sufficient effort to not open the Pandora’s field – ethical and political – that’s the topic of euthanasia or “assisted suicide”.

However then, over the last presidential marketing campaign, the president undertook to suggest a brand new legislation on this topic. And Monday [12 septembre]he introduced the formation subsequent month of a congress of residents accountable for introducing an end-of-life invoice by the top of 2023 – the fifth in France in twenty-four years.

This assertion precipitated an uproar within the opposition, each left and proper.

For some, the president is determined to depart a legacy of symbolic legislation to mark his go to to the Elysee Palace. For others, he’s merely making an attempt to divert consideration from the disaster that threatens the French healthcare system this winter.

The worldwide end-of-life legislation was handed simply six years in the past, its detractors proceed, it’s nonetheless poorly understood by the general public and little or no enforced. So why now? Why change so rapidly?

“No obligation to stay”

The president was partly compelled by the publication on Tuesday of an impartial report from the Nationwide Advisory Committee on Ethics (CCNE). Except for eight votes, forty of its members, with many reservations and circumstances, advocated a revision of the legislation on the top of life.

Don’t reproach me for going into some particulars, it is a delicate matter.

Handed in 2016, the Clay-Leonetti Act prohibits each euthanasia (the intentional act of a medical skilled to hasten dying) and

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