Legality of euthanasia

French find halfway house for killing off the terminally ill

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Terminally ill patients could be sedated until they die under plans in France to end suffering in the last stages of their life.

The laws would give people the ‘right to deep, continuous sedation until death’ at patients’ request -?and only when their condition is life-threatening in the short term.

The French parliament will debate a draft law on the highly sensitive issue from January, President Francois Hollande has revealed.

Although euthanasia is not permitted in France, laws were passed in 2005 that allows for ‘passive euthanasia’, where a person causes death by withdrawing or withholding treatment.? Read more »