Euthanasia for Alzheimer's, 'Accelerated Deaths' Considered by European Neighbors

(UPDATED) French ethics committee votes against expanded euthanasia, but president still plans to introduce bill.

Update (July 3): After France's national ethics committee voted against supporting legislation that would legalize euthanasia, French president Francois Hollande declared his continued support for the policy. Hollande also stated that his administration will introduce a bill that would "'complete and improve the (current) law which was already a step in the direction of human dignity.'"

Reuters reported that nine of the 17 ethics committee members agreed that widespread legalization of euthanasia would be "dangerous to society" due to an accompanying risk of abuse. However, as public opinion in France largely supports broader legislation, both the ethics committee and Hollande agree that national debates should be the next step in the future of the issue in France, according to Reuters.

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A presidential report has recommended that France legalize "accelerated deaths"–but not euthanasia.

Agence France-Presse reports that the study, commissioned by French president ...

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