French parliament passes law to allow sedation at end of lifeBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i576 (Published 28 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i576
- Anne Gulland
France’s parliament has approved a law that will allow terminally ill patients to be put into deep sedation, stopping short of legalising assisted dying or euthanasia.
The law was introduced by two MPs: Alain Claeys, of the ruling Socialist Party, and Jean Leonetti, a cardiologist and member of the Union for a Popular Movement. It was passed by the upper and lower chambers of the National Assembly after a yearlong passage through parliament.
Patients will be able to request “deep and continued sedation, altering consciousness until death,” but only when …