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FRANCE READY TO ACCELERATE DEATH OF TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND ANYONE ELSE THEY DEEM EXPENDABLE
December 19 2012
Paris, France – For many years, probably as long a medicine has existed, death has been something we have actively fought against. Fighting against death is in our nature, it’s in the nature of every single living creature on the planet. Fighting death, wanting to live, is built into out DNA.
Advances in medical science have made that pushing back of death more and more a reality, extending our lives longer than they ever have been and may one day, possibly, give human beings a shot at eternal life. Because it is so integral in us and because we have exhausted so many resources towards extending life, when a person chooses to end their own it is often confusing to many.
The majority of such deaths are of course related to mental concerns, depression and the like, something he despise but at least understand. However, when a person makes a conscious and rational decision to end their life because of other concerns such as failing health we tend to lose all comprehension of the idea and rail against it. France though may be on the verge of trying to change those attitudes by legalizing assisted suicide for the ill, unwanted, and otherwise expendable people in their society.
“The existing legislation does not meet the legitimate concerns expressed by people who are gravely and incurably ill,” said French President Francois Hollande following a report from the national council on medical ethics.”
The report specifically states that the state should allow doctors to ‘accelerate the coming of death’ for certain patients.
It’s believed that before such a thing passes into law specific requirements as to what would allow for such a ruling and would presumably primarily impact terminally ill patients.
“Assisted suicide has of course been a major concern and issue in the United States and in many other countries around the world and, for the most part, has really just been ignored. I mean when Jack Kevorkian was around people paid attention but not so much anymore which is weird because people are still getting sick, I believe, at least as far as I know,” said Scrape TV Medical analyst Dr. Phillip Waites. “People are still becoming terminally ill and need to have relief from that, or want it. I mean it will come of course to all of us, at least right now, but some people obviously want it to come a little faster than others and now I guess France is going to allow that to happen.”
A handful of countries do allow for assisted suicide or euthanasia but most don’t even come close to allowing it.
“Obviously the principle legal and social concern is of abuses. There is certainly an emotional and religious element to this practice but that is of secondary concern to the legal issues and the rights of an individual, or at least they should be. They aren’t always,” continued Waites. “The concern, and it is valid one, is who is making the determination as to whether or not a person should die? If they are sick? If they are troublesome? What if they are just annoying? I mean you don’t want doctors killing their neighbours because they play their music too loud or don’t cut their lawn, unless of course they are terminally ill. Then you do.”
It’s not clear when France will start legally killing people or who will have a chance of surviving.
Lauren Hebert, Health Correspondent