Palliative sedation legalised in France.

2016 January 30
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In a development that some see as a step towards euthanasia, France’s parliament on 29 January 2016 passed a new legislation permitting terminally ill patients to receive deep and continuous sedation till death.

The way the news is projected gives cause for concern. Palliative sedation is generally considered ethically right and part of good palliative care, though limited to extreme situations. Will those providing it be seen as clandestine practitioners of Euthanasia?

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