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France considers "deep sleep" bill

18 March 2015


Representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities in France have opposed the legislation

A bill to allow patients to halt treatment and be given general anaesthesia until death will be debated in the French parliament tomorrow.

Jean Leonetti of the UMP party said: "The patient has to be at the end of their life and suffering despite the treatment given ... When these elements are present, I (the doctor) am obliged to start sedation that is deep and continues until death". Representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities in France have opposed the legislation. [France 24, 10 Mar]

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