French President Francois Hollande wants to allow physicians to keep terminally ill patients sedated until they die. The proposal comes amid a national debate on euthanasia and assisted suicide.
French doctors are divided on the idea of palliative sedation.
…Hollande stopped short of recommending lethal injections and avoided the terms euthanasia and assisted suicide, highly sensitive issues in this majority-Catholic country.
Instead, he called Friday for a law that would give people “the right to deep, continuous sedation until death” - at patients’ request, and only when their condition is life-threatening in the short term.