PARIS, November 13, 2001 ( – French media are reporting that French Health Minister Bernard Kouchner has altered his position on legalizing euthanasia over the last few months. Although he said in July that he did not plan to introduce pro-euthanasia legislation, Le Monde reports that he now believes the law – which holds euthanasia as a crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison – should be changed.

Kouchner, admitted in July that he committed euthanasia when he worked as a doctor. In an interview with the Dutch weekly magazine Vrij Nederland, Mr Kouchner said that during the wars in Lebanon and Vietnam he “helped” people die with morphine injections when he believed they were suffering too much. “When people were suffering too much pain and I knew in advance they would die, I would help them,” he said.

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