Sarkozy draws line in sand over euthanasia
Michael Cook | 21 February 2012
The two candidates in France’s presidential election are using euthanasia as one of the defining differences in the campaign. In a wide-ranging interview in Le Figaro, President Nicolas Sarkozy explained why he would not back it:
Six countries, six defeats
Peter Saunders | 08 February 2011
The pace of rejection of euthanasia is exceeded only by the frenetic rate at which its supporters are desperately bringing forward new bills.
French Senate rejects euthanasia
Michael Cook | 02 February 2011
After a passionate debate the French Senate has scuppered a bill allowing physician-assisted suicide. The margin was convincing – 170 to 142.
Too heavy a burden?
Michael Cook | 19 January 2011
We’ll have to wait to see what happens in this case from France, but it shows what can happen when parents are pushed to the limit in caring for handicapped children.
Locked-in syndrome woman receives Legion of Honour
Michael Cook | 28 October 2010
France has just awarded the Légion d'honneur to a woman who has been a locked-in quadriplegic for 30 years. Maryannick Pavageau received the distinction for her battle against euthanasia. A resident of Sainte Nazaire, on the Atlantic coast, she gave an interview about her life to the local newspaper after this week’s award:
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Commission on Assisted Dying,
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Dignity in Dying,
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physician assisted suicide,
standards of care,
withdrawal of treatment,