Wednesday, 26 January 2011

French Senate's rejection of assisted suicide and euthanasia is welcome

Overnight the French Senate rejected proposals to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia, by 170 votes to 142. Francois Fillon, the French prime minister, had spoken out strongly against the proposals.

As I told the media earlier today, I hope that this victory for life will help people in the UK understand the strong opposition elsewhere to assisted suicide and euthanasia. The UK will do irreparable damage to its international reputation if it continues down the path of killing patients. The French vote is a wake-up call to UK politicians to start overturning laws, policies and court judgments which enshrine euthanasia by dehydration and which tolerate assisted suicide. I express our congratulations and admiration for the French pro-life movement in securing this victory for the sick, the disabled and the elderly.

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