Did a French nurse euthanase patients?

The audience of a talk-back radio show on France Inter had frissons d'horreur recently when a caller named Cécile, a 70-year-old retired nurse admitted that she had euthanased several people. “I gave several people who were suffering euthanasia,” she told the show’s host, “and I made the decision all by myself.”

Whether or not Cecile’s confession was true, it sparked a debate on the show. The secular humanist philosopher Luc Ferry was outraged. “This is a scandal,” he said. “I prefer for this to be a team decision and for the children or the partners of the person who is going to die be involved…. Someone’s life cannot belong to a third person.” The program’s callers, however, were broadly supportive of euthanasia. ~ L’Express, Nov 26

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