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Euthanasia: 3,000 amendments tabled, LR deputies bet on obstruction



Three thousand amendments were tabled on the controversial bill creating a right to euthanasia for people suffering from an incurable pathology. If they are correctly defended by their authors Thursday, April 8 in the hemicycle, this will make it mechanically impossible to examine their totality on a single day.

More than three quarters – 2,300 amendments – come from LR deputies opposed to this text establishing a “Right to a free and chosen end of life” and proposed by the deputy Olivier Falorni (Libertés et Territoires group), within the framework of the parliamentary niche attributed to his group.

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This strategy was welcomed by Bishop Xavier Malle, Bishop of Gap, who is launching “Encouragement” from Twitter to “These courageous deputies, who fight against the ideology of death. No to #Euthanasia, YES to #Palliative care. And the two are incompatible. “

270 deputies: “We want to debate”

In a tribune at Sunday Newspaper, 270 deputies from all sides revolt, in the opposite direction: “We want to debate. We want to vote. The time for Parliament has come. Let’s respect him ”, plead these parliamentarians in favor of the bill. Among them, Jean-Louis Touraine (LREM), Yaël Braun-Pivet (LREM), Marine Brenier (LR) and four presidents of political groups: Jean-Luc Mélenchon (LFI), Valérie Rabault (PS), Olivier Becht (Agir) and Bertrand Pancher (Freedoms and territories).

“This question has crossed our society for forty years. Several texts have been tabled in the Assembly and in the Senate since 2017. Our fellow citizens challenge us, expect us to debate it and, for the majority of them, that we adopt it ”, add these deputies, including 150 elected from the majority LREM group.

“The shameful obstruction of the LRs will prevent the end of life law from being voted on Thursday”, denounced Saturday April 3 in a press release Matthieu Orphelin, former member of the group Freedoms and territories. “By themselves, five Les Républicains deputies (Xavier Breton, Patrick Hetzel, Julien Ravier, Frédéric Reiss and Marc Le Fur) have tabled more than 2,158 amendments”.

The bill tabled by Olivier Falorni wants to provide a new response to the painful and sensitive debate on end of life and euthanasia, five years after the Claeys-Leonetti law, which authorizes deep and continuous sedation.

In committee, Olivier Falorni, a former socialist, recognized that his text addressed “Existential questions”. Open a right to “The ultimate freedom” to decide on a medically assisted death would make it possible to respond to a “Hypocrisy” : let people go in “Exile” in Belgium or Switzerland to use it, and close our eyes to “2,000 to 4,000” clandestine euthanasia carried out each year in France, “Sometimes without the knowledge of relatives” sick people, according to him.

The subject divides all parliamentary groups and causes embarrassment of the government. Some opponents believe that such a subject cannot be debated in the reduced time of a parliamentary niche. Others are radically hostile to the measure for philosophical and religious principles.

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