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The Minister of Health, Catherine Vautrin, the general rapporteur of the text, Olivier Falorni, and the president of the commission, Agnès Firmin-Le Bodo, during a meeting of the commission delegated to the bill on the end of life, at the National Assembly, April 22, 2024.

“Assistance in dying”, however for whom and the way? This is the dizzying query that parliamentarians should reply when inspecting the invoice on “support for the sick and the end of life”, from Monday May 27 on the National Assembly. This textual content of twenty-one articles opens up for the primary time in France the opportunity of entry to medically assisted loss of life for incurable sufferers and goals, on the identical time, to enhance the supply of palliative care by a “ten-year strategy”.

The authorities has deliberate “strict conditions” to the implementation of this “assisted dying”. “Being an adult, French [“ou résider de façon stable et régulière en France”, prévoit le texte]capable of specific one's selection with discernment till the final stage, be affected by a severe and incurable sickness with a life-threatening prognosis within the brief or medium time period and bodily or psychological struggling refractory to therapy”, recalled the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, in an interview with La Tribune Sunday from May 26.

The Minister of Health, Catherine Vautrin, poses “guarantee of the balance of the text”while nearly 3,300 amendments were tabled, more than half of which come from the Les Républicains (LR) party and the National Rally (RN), which stand against the text.

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The “distorted” government text

However, the executive's desire to preserve the framework of the project drawn up at the start has already been shattered. During its examination by the special committee, the left-wing deputies, with the support of part of the presidential camp, modified some of the five criteria for access to “assisted dying”. Drive to “distort” the spirit of the project, lamented Fréderic Valletoux, Minister for Health, on Saturday.

The government text provided that only patients whose “vital prognosis” is engaged “short or medium term” could see their request for “assisted dying” accepted. However, two amendments adopted – one from Renaissance, the other from the Socialist Party – modified the text, which now indicates that people suffering from an incurable illness “in advanced or terminal phase” will be eligible.

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This rewriting was voted by Olivier Falorni (associated to MoDem, Charente-Maritime), basic rapporteur of the textual content, and by one of many 4 co-rapporteurs, Laurence Maillart-Méhaignerie (Renaissance, Ille-et-Vilaine), towards the opinion of the president of the particular fee, Agnès Firmin-Le Bodo (Horizons, Seine-Maritime), ex-minister of Elisabeth Borne and kingpin of the invoice. And towards the recommendation of Mme Vautrin.

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