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Euthanasia proposal dies when France calls election

by | Jun 13, 2024

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Editor’s note. In a parliamentary system, a “snap election” is an election that is called earlier than the one that has been scheduled.

Alex speaking at the European Parliament

I rarely provide political commentary but elections have consequences.

The European Parliament held their elections from June 6 to June 9, 2024, resulting in a shift in the balance of power. It appears that the European Parliament will likely have more of a  conservative focus over the next few years.

In response to the European election results and the shift in European politics, French President, Emmanuel Macron, on June 10 called a snap election with his hope of catching conservative political parties off-guard. The election will be on June 29 – 30 and the second tier on July 6 – 7.

For those who oppose euthanasia, France’s euthanasia proposal has technically died with the snap election. After the election the euthanasia proposal will need to be re-introduced. If Macron loses support, it is unlikely that the euthanasia proposal will immediately return.

A similar situation exists in the UK where Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a snap election for July 4. The difference is that Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, is leading in the polls and Starmer has promised that if elected his party would legalize assisted suicide.

Clearly elections have consequences.

As I reported on June 11, as part of the European Union election there was a Slovenian referendum on the question ‘Are you in favour of adopting a law that will regulate the right to assistance in the voluntary end of life?’ That passed with 55% in favour and 45% against

The vote is non-binding but has support from three political parties who proposed the referendum.

Euthanasia has become a significant political issue.

The only “good” that is coming from Canada’s disastrous euthanasia law is that it is a warning to the rest of the world not to legalize euthanasia or assisted suicide.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr.Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Euthanasia