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Paris (AFP) – After lengthy months of reflection and several other postponements, Emmanuel Macron revealed on Sunday, in an interview with La Croix and Libération, his “French end-of-life model”: an “aid in dying” which ought to enable sure sufferers, below “strict conditions”, to obtain a “lethal substance”.

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Euthanasia ought to see the sunshine of day in France. In an interview revealed by La Croix and Libération on Sunday March 10, Head of State Emmanuel Macron declared that the federal government's invoice, which will even embrace a element to strengthen palliative care, can be offered in April to the Council of Ministers. for examination at first studying within the National Assembly in May, earlier than the European elections in June.

It is, he argues, a regulation “necessary because there are cases that we cannot accept humanly”, but additionally a “law of assembly”, “of fraternity” , “which reconciles the autonomy of the individual and the solidarity of the Nation”. “With this text, we look death in the face,” he says.

The parliamentary course of guarantees to be lengthy and the end result will most likely not come earlier than 2025.

The topic is delicate: if a number of surveys describe French individuals as largely in favor of the legalization of a type of help in dying, this prospect arouses opposition from religions and a lot of caregivers.

Hence the president's selection to talk concurrently in a Catholic each day, La Croix, and in one other left-wing one, Libération, which has usually carried this trigger.

Patient “consent”

Changing the end-of-life regulation of 2016, which permits for “deep and continuous sedation” within the occasion of insupportable struggling when the very important prognosis is engaged within the brief time period, was a marketing campaign promise from Emmanuel Macron.

At his request, a residents' conference, bringing collectively French individuals drawn by lot, issued a non-binding opinion within the spring of 2023 for the opening of “active assistance in dying” below situations.

The invoice, which have to be despatched to the Council of State inside ten days, “opens up the possibility of requesting assistance in dying under certain strict conditions”, explains the president.

This chance will solely concern adults, supplied that they’re “capable of full and complete discernment” – which excludes, for instance, psychiatric sufferers or instances of Alzheimer's -, affected by an “incurable” pathology. with “short or medium term vital prognosis”, and affected by “refractory” struggling that can not be relieved.

If a affected person subsequently needs to entry this new “help”, they are going to have the ability to make a request and can obtain the “collegial” opinion of the medical workforce inside fifteen days. In the occasion of a positive opinion, he can be issued a prescription, legitimate for 3 months, for a deadly product that he can take up alone. Or, when he’s unable to take action, significantly within the case of sure neurodegenerative ailments resembling Charcot's illness, with the help of a member of the medical occupation or a volunteer whom he could have designated. The individual can “retract at any time”, specifies the president.

Even if this act will be in comparison with a type of assisted suicide, he assures that he needed to keep away from this time period, or that of euthanasia, as a result of the “consent” of the affected person is crucial and “the medical decision has its role to play”. “with precise criteria”.

“There will be opposition”

Anxious to not offend sensitivities, significantly spiritual ones, Emmanuel Macron agreed to “take the time”, displaying his hesitations, organizing a residents' conference and multiplying dinners to take heed to luminaries of ethics, the medical world and cults.

“I took away from these exchanges this legitimate fear that we would assign a value to life, that we would suggest that there would be lives that have become useless. No, never. I believe that the text removes the ambiguities,” he mentioned.

The invoice will embrace measures from the ten-year plan which can be offered on the finish of March to strengthen palliative care, which is mostly thought-about inadequate in France. The president needed a single textual content “so as not to suggest that we are providing assisted dying because society is not capable of providing care.”

“Over the entire period, we are going to invest a billion euros more,” along with the 1.6 billion at present dedicated to supportive care, he specifies. A palliative care unit can be created in every of the 21 departments which nonetheless wouldn’t have one.

The Head of State estimates, within the interview, that “thousands of people and families are waiting” for this improvement, however he additionally acknowledges that this regulation can’t be “totally” consensual.

“I am not naive”, “there will be opposition”, even “violent attacks”, “and we will have to hold on”, he insists, whereas assuring that “this exemplary democratic progress has made it possible to pacify the debate”.

With AFP