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French parliament adopts 'end of life' legislation

[JURIST] The French Parliament has adopted a bill which will allow patients to decide to discontinue medical treatment, even if that decision will ultimately lead to their death. The bill [text and materials in French], passed Tuesday night by the Senate [government website in French] and already approved by the National Assembly [government website], also allows families to remove "non-responsive" relatives from life support machinery and permits doctors to prescribe increasing doses of pain medication to terminally ill patients, even if the dosages become lethal, so long as they are necessary to legitimately curb the pain of the patient. The law will not permit physicians to actively end a patient's life, however, and maintains France's current ban on euthenasia. Reuters has more.

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