French parliament debates 'deep sleep' bill for end of life

March 9, 2015 11:17 AM

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PARIS (Reuters) - France's parliament will debate a bill on Tuesday allowing patients on the brink of death to stop treatment and enter a "deep sleep" until they die, a move some critics say amounts to euthanasia in disguise.

If passed, the legislation would give dying patients in the secular but traditionally Catholic country more power over their own treatment. It would also bolster Socialist President Francois Hollande's image as a social reformer after a hotly contested move to legalize gay marriage in 2012.

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