News

PARIS, January 27, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The French Senate has voted down a bill that would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide, in a 170 to 142 vote

Image

The defeat came following a very public intervention by Prime Minister François Fillon and several members of his cabinet. Fillon wrote a column on the eve of the debate, calling euthanasia “a limit” that “should not be crossed”.

In addition to the objections from government officials, a crowd of 700 protesters in costume had protested the bill by “dying” outside of the senate on the day of the vote.

The bill would have allowed “anyone capable” to request “medical assistance” to commit suicide if they had a deadly, incurable illness, or even if they were simply in “a state of dependence that she regards as incompatible with her dignity.”

The vote, which was held Tuesday evening, followed a vote on a similar measure a little over one year ago in the National Assembly, France’s lower legislative house. It was rejected at that time in a 326 to 202 vote.

Comments

Commenting Guidelines

LifeSiteNews welcomes thoughtful, respectful comments that add useful information or insights. Demeaning, hostile or propagandistic comments, and streams not related to the storyline, will be removed.

LSN commenting is not for frequent personal blogging, on-going debates or theological or other disputes between commenters.

Multiple comments from one person under a story are discouraged (suggested maximum of three). Capitalized sentences or comments will be removed (Internet shouting).

LifeSiteNews gives priority to pro-life, pro-family commenters and reserves the right to edit or remove comments.

Comments under LifeSiteNews stories do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews.