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(en) France, Le Monde Libertaire #1693 - Euthanasia: report on end of life (finally) released (fr) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:32:54 +0200


After five months of reflection and no less than a dozen debates, Professor Sicard, former president of the National Consultative Ethics Committee, presented his report on end of life Francois Hollande. First lesson: it appears from the testimony and many discussions with many doctors interviewed in France and abroad, "a concern about the conditions of concern, often hidden from the end of life in France and the breakdown of postural responses." ---- The more detailed analysis of the results revealed two main observations. ---- The first emphasizes the one hand, the weak enforcement thirteen years of legislation to ensure access to palliative care and, secondly, for ten years, the law on patients' rights (Kouchner law) and, finally, for seven years, Leonetti law relating to unreasonable obstinacy of the medical profession and the artificial prolongation of life of the patient.

In a first step, we can conclude, based on our reading grid libertarian, that laws are obviously not much! Moreover, on a related subject, legislation on abortion have already amply demonstrated, they have never prevented some anti-abortion practitioners to give up any attempt to patients to practice.

Second observation result of these discussions, is "the particularly dramatic inequalities at the end of life." Given this fact, Professor Sicard recommends foremost imperative of respect for the patient's speech and autonomy. And to recommend "the requirement to apply existing laws firmly than ever to imagine new," noting in passing "utopia solve by law the complexity of end of life situations."

The rapporteurs also highlight "the danger of crossing the barrier of a prohibition, if the legislature took responsibility for the decriminalization of assisted suicide." Also, they emphasize two major points to their senses strict guarantees of freedom of choice in demonstrating the autonomy of the person and the need to involve primarily the responsibility of the state and the responsibility of the medicine.

Regarding another aspect of the problem, if the legislature took responsibility for the decriminalization of euthanasia, the commission intends to warn about the symbolic importance of this change not because, she says, "euthanasia deeply involved the idea that society is the role and values ââof medicine, "adding that" any movement of a prohibited necessarily create new situations limits, prompting an indefinite new laws "and that" any medicine has its share of action on the edge of life without the need to legislate every time. " A speech which is not displeasing to us, we libertarians and supporters of the right to die chosen, quite the contrary ...

At the end of the report, the experts of the Commission wished to emphasize that "the future of humanity boils down to the assertion of an limitless personal freedom, forgetting that human beings can live and invents as connected to others and dependent on others. Real support end of life only makes sense in the context of an inclusive society which does not replace the person, but it shows respect and listen to the end of his life. " We anarchists would not have expressed better!

However, he can only hope that these few thoughts will be heard by the government and especially legislators to finally, in France, we have the right to dignified death, whatever the apologists called "respect for life" that hides so badly nauseating stench of fundamentalist militants click "provie!"
Patrick Schindler
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