PARIS, August 30, 2004 ( – France’s National Assembly will debate changes to the country’s euthanasia law by year’s end. The health minister argued that the terminally ill should have “the right to die in dignity,” according to a report.

“With this law, the terminally ill will be able to choose to die,” Health Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said. “The law will institute the right to die with dignity.”

The euthanasia debate reopened last year when a brain-damaged 22 year-old firefighter was killed by his own mother.

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