End of life: MEPs adopt an amendment which rewrites article 1 and opens the right to “active medical assistance in dying”



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22:33 : This bill is presented at first reading on a so-called “parliamentary niche” day, that is to say reserved for an opposition group – in this case the Libertés et Territoires group. Therefore, the examination time will not go beyond midnight, which may prevent the final vote.

22:32 : The deputy LR Marc Le Fur regrets that so little time is devoted to the examination of the law for a “free and chosen end of life”.

9:58 p.m. : “Today, we are still dying badly in our country“.

For Alain Claeys, co-author with Jean Leonetti of the law on the end of life, before thinking of drafting a new law, we should first see if the current legislation is applied and “if there is equality today for our fellow citizens in the face of death “.

8:14 p.m. : Parliamentarians took turns to express their positions on this text. LREM deputy Typhanie Degois ensures that with this law “we are entering the dictatorship of emotion”, while for her colleague Liliana Tanguy, euthanasia amounts to “to transgress the ban on killing in our society“.

8:13 p.m. : I announced it to you a few moments ago in the point on the news of this evening: the numerous amendments of deletion of article 1 of the bill for a “free and chosen end of life” were rejected by 256 votes against 56. This article provides for the creation of a “active medical assistance in dying”.

8:02 p.m. : It’s 8 p.m., let’s take a look at the news:

Emmanuel Macron has just officially announced the abolition of the ENA, the National School of Administration, and will replace it with a Public Service Institute.

The amendments to delete article 1 of the proposed law on euthanasia were rejected by 256 votes to 56. This article provides for the creation of a “active medical assistance in dying”.

The duration of the initial police training will be extended by four months “from next year”, announced Gérald Darmanin to “L’Œil du 20 heures” of France 2.

# COVID_19 France has exceeded 10 million first injections of vaccines, announces Jean Castex. The goal is now to reach 20 million first doses in mid-May, then 30 million in mid-June.

6:05 p.m. : At 6 p.m., here is a new update on the news:

# COVID_19 France has exceeded 10 million first injections of vaccines, announces Jean Castex. The goal is now to reach 20 million first doses in mid-May, then 30 million in mid-June.

“I am not convinced that we should open a debate of this magnitude today”, launched the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, at the National Assembly about the bill on euthanasia of the Liberties and Territories deputy Olivier Falorni.

Emmanuel Macron will announce the abolition of the ENA, the National School of Administration, this afternoon, learned franceinfo from concordant sources within the executive, confirming information from Europe 1.

A search is underway at the Palais Vivienne as part of the criminal investigation into the luxurious dinners allegedly organized by Pierre-Jean Chalençon.

6:03 p.m. : At the opening of the debate, the deputy Olivier Falorni, bearer of the bill opening a right to “a free and chosen end of life”, went to the platform with the 4,000 amendments and attacked the LR deputies at the origin of this parliamentary obstruction. “These sheets, they have only one goal, to prevent the National Assembly (…) from voting here sovereignly. This is the image you give of Parliament. “

4:38 p.m. : “We need time for debate, this debate needs time. Here even, the number of amendments tabled is leading to a dead end, and I regret it.”

Due to the current pandemic, “I am not convinced that we need to open this large-scale debate today”, considers Olivier Véran.

4:36 p.m. : “We must also face the situation, and know that our legislation does not respond to all situations.”

4:36 p.m. : “Supporting a person at the end of their life is one thing; helping them end their life is another.”

4:33 p.m. : “I will launch a new mission in the coming days (…) We have to know where we are.”

The Minister of Health looks back on the contribution of the Claeys-Leonetti law, but deplores the fact that the French do not sufficiently seize the possibility of drafting advance directives.

4:26 p.m. : “Today, the end of life is no longer a taboo.”

Olivier Véran begins by making an inventory of the company. “Everyone wants to be able to choose, everyone wants, and this is quite normal, to avoid suffering”, explains the Minister of Health.

4:24 p.m. : The National Assembly has just started the examination of the bill opening a right to “a free and chosen end of life” of the deputy Olivier Falorni. The session began with a standing ovation for the parliamentarian. Olivier Véran is now at the podium. Follow our live.

3:52 p.m. : Before considering the text on the “end of life”, the National Assembly began the examination in second reading of a bill to protect and promote regional languages, a subject that also ignites passions in the hemicycle. Financing conditions for private establishments, immersive teaching, diacritics of regional languages: the subjects of interminable debates were not lacking on the text of the Breton deputy.

3:35 p.m. : Hello @ Gaulois-GE. Yes, they are five parliamentarians from the LR group to be at the origin of this parliamentary obstruction. As reported Opinion, Patrick Hetzel, Xavier Breton, Marc Le Fur, Julien Ravier and Frédéric Reiss are the authors of 2,300 of the 3,000 amendments tabled on the text.

3:35 p.m. : Could we have the names of the only deputies (a handful of LRs) who have tabled hundreds of amendments per article, with the sole aim of preventing the democratic vote of this law. The other deputies having tabled amendments in “normal” quantity are not concerned. Thank you in advance.

3:42 p.m. : The National Assembly is examining today a bill on euthanasia in France. In Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, several personalities have publicized their choice or will to die. Story from France 3.

2:05 p.m. : At 2 p.m., we have a new update on the news:

# COVID_19 The Ministry of National Education told franceinfo that its distance education platforms were suffering this morning from “new attacks”, which Cned confirmed on Twitter. Follow our live.

# COVID_19 Two Catholic clergymen are in custody in the investigation of the mass in Paris without health precautions, announces the prosecution.

Emmanuel Macron will announce the abolition of the ENA, the National School of Administration, this afternoon, learned franceinfo from concordant sources within the executive, confirming information from Europe 1.

The National Assembly is reopening today the debate on the right to euthanasia, which however risks not going to an end for lack of time in the face of a barrage of thousands of amendments, as we explain to you here. You can follow the debate in our direct.

11:59 : It is noon, here are the main news:

# COVID_19 The Ministry of National Education confirmed to franceinfo that its distance education platforms were suffering this morning from “new attacks”, which Cned confirmed on Twitter. Follow our live.

#VON_DER_LEYEN Turkey denounces “the unfair accusations” who targeted it after a protocol quack during a visit to Ankara by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

Emmanuel Macron will announce the abolition of the ENA, the National School of Administration, this afternoon, learned franceinfo from concordant sources within the executive, confirming information from Europe 1.

The National Assembly is reopening today a passionate debate on the right to euthanasia, which however risks not coming to an end for lack of time in the face of a barrage of thousands of amendments, as we explain to you here. You can follow the debate in our direct.

10:40 a.m. : Time is running out in the Assembly. “Our work program for the day is dense to say the least”, underlined the chairman of the session, while the deputies debate the heritage protection of regional languages, before addressing the bill for a “free and chosen” end of life, which can only be examined until midnight . The latter therefore warned that he would apply “strictly” the rules of the Assembly, limiting speaking to two minutes.

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