France’s ‘end of life’ bill accelerates the dissolution of society

Faced with the ordeal of suffering, a lobby of healthy people endangers the weakest by proposing lethal injection as the only solution.

Amid the hustle and bustle of news that spreads and confuses us, comes the proposal of a French law that no one dares to mention by name. Its supporters modestly call it the “end of life” law. The head of state announced it last March as a ‘humanist’ text. Ultimately, the project is revealed for what it is, thanks to the parliamentary debate that has just begun: a law that opens the door to both euthanasia and assisted suicide. That is cause for serious concern.

Faced with the trial of suffering

The unanimous opinion of department heads and nursing staff involved in palliative care is that barely 3% of patients receiving care explicitly request to die. This drops to 0.3% after a few days the treatments and immense humanity they receive ease their fears. And often the figure drops to zero.

“Patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, for example, have become the archetype of those waiting for such a law,” said a woman who has been in charge of one of these departments for 30 years. “Many patients are angry at being dragged into these kinds of debates, as if they have to rally behind a few cases that have received media attention because they are famous. As if having this disease makes it mandatory to want to die.”

The people who want to die are those who feel like they are nothing to anyone, and who are afraid of becoming a burden, a cost to society, to their descendants.

It is not unlikely that we want to die when faced with the ordeal of physical or psychological suffering. Even less when Society constantly points out the costs of your care and the resources used to support you. Even less so when you become isolated in institutions where no one comes to see you, and where life seems to have no meaning anymore… What is incredible is that the only response to this fear is a fatal injection.

Endangering the weakest

A pain-ridden old man in the solitude of his nursing home, a terminally ill person whom people are tired of visiting, an elderly person whose heirs are waiting for their inheritance… The people who want to die are the ones who feel like they mean nothing to anyone and who fear becoming a burden, a cost to society and to their descendants.

This end-of-life law is the fruit of lobbies, not doctors. It was written and discussed by healthy, wealthy and happy people.

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Supported by a performance-oriented society, they intellectually refuse to imagine themselves as dependent, because they think they can decide everything. They debate a law that will allow the poor to die faster, thinking that themselves and their loved ones will be spared this risk – but they may ultimately be wrong.

In the short to medium term, this law endangers the economy safety of the elderly who can no longer communicate and which will be seen as a drain on public finances. It brings the injured and sick who in their prime of health may have expressed a wish to be euthanized, but who will not be able to return because they cannot communicate. It weakens the position of depressed people who, as in Belgium, will be able to request assisted suicide on the grounds of ‘unbearable psychological suffering’, such as the survivor of the Brussels attacks, Shanti de Corte, in 2022.

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How should we respond?

Some will answer that there is no way to go that far, that it will never happen. They lie. Maybe in good faith. But every time it’s the same, with the same chorus. And every time it goes further: because those doors never close and never stay half open for long. They cannot resist the wind that blows through them, which is then called a breath of freedom, but in reality is only a powerful, nasty current of air that sickens the entire social body.

This law is a response to individual demands, accelerating the dissolution of a society that has become nothing more than a group of erratic individuals who demand that the state treat them as only children, while demanding the freedom of adults.

It is reassuring that MPs from different parties can express their dismay at what is happening. It is all the more poignant to see the intellectual spinelessness of the rest, who, without putting up a fight, quietly get behind the cause.

The question is: how should we respond?

Undoubtedly we must pray and work so that the disciples of Christ, in this dissolution that is now taking place, can be prophets of the non-negotiable dignity of all human life and know how to find ways to manifest it concretely, rather than clinging to it to rhetoric. and moan. It is up to us to make and develop proposals, in this rather sinister atmosphere, signs that the Kingdom is here: I was sick, you visited me; I was a stranger, you welcomed me; I was hungry and thirsty, and you gave me food and drink…

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