FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The World Youth Alliance commends the rejection by the French Senate of the legalization of "Medicalized Assistance to Die" for patients in an advanced or uncurable state of illness.
Brussels, 26th January 2011
The World Youth Alliance welcomes the French Senate’s rejection of the law proposal of its Committee on Social Affairs intending to legalize the medical assistance to die in France on January 25, as well as the adoption by 172 votes against 143 of two joined amendments deleting the article 1 included in the proposal. This article proposed the following problematic language “Any person over 18 with advanced or terminal disease or accidental serious and incurable disease which is imposing physical or mental suffering that cannot be appeased, and which the person considers intolerable, may claim, under the strict conditions laid down in this title, medical assistance to die.”
The World Youth Alliance, a global coalition of young people promoting the dignity of the human person, wishes to reaffirm that the intrinsic dignity of the person is the foundation for every human right. This dignity is independent of any individual condition and extends until natural death.
WYA thanks the French Senators along with the members of Government who opposed the proposed legislation for recognizing that euthanasia is a violation of that dignity and taking a clear stand against this dangerous attempt to alter the way the French society cherishes and protects the life of each citizen.
The young members of the World Youth Alliance, and especially of Europe and France, stand with the legislators and leaders opposing any measure that seeks to compromise human dignity by legalizing the elimination of human beings who are no longer seen as valuable by society. We stress that each human being has inestimable worth from conception to natural death, and that it is the duty of the state to protect human life at all stages and to guarantee their right to receive proper health care and support.
“There is an urgent need for full enforcement of existing laws aimed at relieving the persons from suffering and preventing the artificial prolonging of life by technological means. We welcome the commitment of the French government in favor of the development of medical assistance to suffering patients at the end of life as provided by the 2005 Leonetti Act. We consider palliative care as the most compatible way to fully assist patients while respecting their intrinsic dignity”, highlights Marie-Caroline Leroux, Director of the World Youth Alliance Europe
The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people dedicated to promoting the dignity of the human person in policy and culture and to building solidarity between young people of developing and developed nations. WYA represents one million members from more than 160 countries. The World Youth Alliance Europe is a registered NGO at the European Commission and European Parliament and is UN ECOSOC Accredited since 2004. www.wya.net.
Contact: Marie-Caroline Leroux – tel: +32 2732 7605 – Europe@wya.net