Vatican newspaper runs article supporting France’s ‘stealth euthanasia’ bill

ROME, March 27, 2015 ( – With the passage of a bill by the French National Assembly that establishes a “right” to “continuous deep sedation until death,” while defining nutrition and hydration as “treatment” that can be withdrawn, the reaction of the official Catholic news organs are showing a deep rift in the Church over euthanasia.

While activists in France and abroad have condemned the law as euthanasia in everything but name, L’Osservatore Romano, the quasi official newspaper of the Vatican, has given the bill a stamp of approval. The French National Assembly approved the measure 436 to 34 on March 17 and is expected to be passed in the Senate by the summer.