The Jérôme lejeune Foundation is reacting to the report concerning the public debate on the end of life published by the CCNE. This publication foreshadows a democracy sham concerning euthanasia in the months to come.
Indeed, this report is presented as being the fruit of a consultative assembly, when, actually, the only thing the people has seen over the past two years are debates hidden away behind walls and controlled by selected experts. Things have gone a long way since the consultative assembly held to prepare the rewriting of the law on bioethics in 2011 that had placed the opinions of a significant number of citizens and organizations at the heart of the debate.
But especially concerning its content, this report leads to thinking that an essential debate concerning the end of life, i.e., a debate on euthanasia, has been taking place without it seeming to. It is being hidden under a complicated mass of words.
While carefully avoiding euthanasia because of serious divisions, the CNNE presents as consensual two issues which, actually, deal with euthanasia:
1) A right to deep sedation.
This is euthanasia using sedation. While « sedation in terminal phase » is the decrease of a person’s vigilance using medical means aiming at taking away or relieving from the perception of a situation perceived as unbearable by the patient and which can sometimes lead to a loss of consciousness, “terminal” or “deep” sedation is a tendentious use of words, which reveals that the intention is no longer the same as a sedation “in terminal phase” and that it is carried out no longer to soothe pain but to terminate life.
2) Advance directives
There is a reason to fear that putting pressure on people to make advance directives would be the same as putting in place a right to assisted suicide.
The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation regrets the absence of benchmarks and the confusion, of which the CCNE has made its trademark. When dealing with life and death issues, the people need clear explanations.
As a reminder, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation published a manual on euthanasia last June which brings together the core end of life issues and denounces all the current medico-liberal excesses.
* Advance directives indicate the wishes of a person relating to the end of his/her life concerning the limitation or cessation of a treatment. They are written by the person in case, one day, he/she becomes incapable of expressing his/her will. In France, advance directives are governed by the article L1111-11 of the public health code.