French MPs (members of parliament) have voted overwhelmingly in favor of the deep sleep bill, which would allow terminally ill patients to opt for a deep sedation until they die, the Euro News website reports today (March 17, 2015).
Critics believe it is merely euthanasia in disguise. Anti-euthanasia leaflets were thrown at the MPs as they voted on the bill.
Jean Leonetti -- one of the law's co-authors -- said, "It provides a lot more autonomy, much more freedom, and the power to decide to the person who is vulnerable, the person who is dying."
The bill passed its first reading in France's lower house by 436 votes for and 34 against. The upper house will vote on it in May or June.