The New Euthanasia Act?

To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
In a pestilential prison, with a lifelong lock,
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!
(Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado)

The New Euthanasia Act? “A fine, a splendid, Republican law” (une grande belle loi républicaine). Olivier Falorni, MP, May 24th 2024.

“MA, I WANNA KILL!”

“MOVE TO FRANCE, SON!”

Doubtless to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the M….. of Vincent Lambert on 11th July 2019, what passes for a Government in a country reduced to desperation, giggles whilst ramming through Parliament a euthanasia law so permissive that it may one-up the Canadians.

In September 2022, the fop masquerading as President announced that what the country had been waiting for was a debate on “help with dying,” as though the Rivotril Decrees; had not shown how Useless Eaters are henceforth being dealt with.

And so the fop had set up a Citizen’s Convention, run by the Economic and Social Council (December 2022 to April 2023), further to which a Bill was drafted, intitled “projet de loi relatif à l’accompagnement des malades et de la fin de vie” (Bill on asisstance to patients and end-of-life ), and sent up for debate to Parliament.

In the meantime, in March 2024, the fop, in a comically ill-fitting suit which he likely thought lent him an air of King Charles, called in the purportedly Catholic La Croix to interview him; the interview appears under the fetching title, “Thanks to this Act of Parliament, we shall stare Death in the Face”: “We have conjured up this Act as a an Act of fraternity, an Act to reconcile the individual’s independence with national solidarity.” Big words, Babe, for that pillow on the face, eh!

Be that as it may, after studying the Bill on May 17th and 18th 2024, the Parliamentary Commission suddenly inserted a series of amendments which, in a country which had not gone off its rocker, would be mind-boggling.

Amongst the innovations introduced by Parliament last week, is a fascinating new criminal offence (it is already a criminal offence to discourage pregnant women from a—–g : délit d’entrave à l’interruption volontaire de grossesse). Henceforth, dissuading persons eligible for a Short Sharp Shock, would, assuming the amendment get past the Constitutional Court, become an offence known as délit d’entrave à l’aide à mourir.

Proposed by Caroline Fiat MP, whose pre-parliamentary qualifications boil down to working in call centres and as a caregiver in old peoples’ homes, now elected to the obscure 6th Riding henceforth to be notorious as Meurtre et Moselle, the Fiat amendment has been backed by the Minister for Sickness and Death, Catherine Vautrin. And the penalties are heavy : a year’s imprisonment and 15,000 euros’ fine for “preventing or attempting to prevent someone from practising or garnering information by any means available, on help with dying.” The usual gaggle of “assisted-suicide” clubs will be authorised to join the prosecution as an interested third-party (partie civile). That should allow such clubs to pull down a nice fat subsidy in the form of “damages,” ordered against Catholic or other dissident groups—as we have seen in Italy in a slightly different context.

The original wording of the text had moreover required that a candidate for the Short Sharp Schock must necessarily be affected with a serious and incurable disease, one likely to lead to death (pronostic vital engagé) in the “short to medium term,” although naturally, without defining what might be meant by “short” or “medium.” Should the latest amendment go through, there need be no “likelihood of death,” only “advanced stage or terminal” disease.

Amongst other games played in the Parliamentary playpen, one discovers an amendment relating to Living Wills. If a Rich Uncle be foolish enough to demand the Short Sharp Shock in a Living Will, and later fall unconscious, a Wise and Prudent Heir in his entourage will be able to point to Uncle’s written wishes and get the job done.

Not to leave any stone unturned, euthanasia will also be accessible for prisoners in gaol. I thought I’d a word for that, but as Heine once said, Damn it, I’ve forgotten the word.

Du sagst mir heimlich ein leises Wort,
Und gibst mir den Strauß von Zypressen,
Ich wache auf, und der Strauß ist fort,
Und das Wort hab ich vergessen. (Schumann, Dichterliebe N° 14)

Statutory private insurers known as Mutuelles are in ecstasy, since French law requires that they issue policies to everyone insured on the National Health regardless of age or health, and there are something like 2.5 million people over 80 in France.

Owing to massive austerity against the health service, the National Health no longer responsibly covers health risks, with private insurers compelled to take up the slack and pay out. The new Bill will thus be an, er Godsend to them. Matthias Savignac of the MGEN enthuses: “by eliminating the requirement that the beneficiaries be of French nationality, in the interest of solidarity we may even become a Promised Land for those deprived of help to die in their own country.” Euthanasia without Borders, comments the magazine Genethique.

And, as Vincent Tremollet de Villers has just stressed, euthanasia has now been written into the French Public Health Code, as though the Short Sharp Shock had anything to do with Public Health.

Not everyone has climbed on board the ship of fools.

However, neither the Catholic Church, nor any vaunted expert in Ethics, seem especially exercised by the complete collapse of the French health system, where over 100,000 hospital beds have vanished in 25 years, women give birth at the road-side; and where patients regularly die while waiting 12 hours in A & E (emergency wards: 27% increase in deaths and serious harm since 2021), and the suicide rate amongst the elderly is the highest in Europe, likely due to the appalling treatment meted out in old people’s homes.

As for “staring death in the face,” well in 1900, Frenchmen died at about age 45, of “incurable” diseases most of which are now curable. Life expectancy stands at about 80 years of age. However, between rich and poor in France, the life expectancy gap is comparable to that in the UK (twenty years).

Plainly, the merchant banks and investment funds whose simpering minions run this country, are moving ahead with their roadmap for the impecunious Useless Eaters. I believe there’s a word for it, Aber das Wort hab ich vergessen.


Mendelssohn Moses writes from France. 


Featured: Cain and Abel, by Titian; painted ca. 1542-1544.