Bioethics Law: A Discreet Forced Passage

July 16, 2020

While some key sectors of the French economy are still operating at a slower pace due to the Covid-19 epidemic, it is not the same for Parliament, when the culture of death is at stake. With the beginning of the French summer holidays, the National Assembly has  accelerated its debates on the bioethics bill.

Celerius quam asparagi cocuntur – “in less time than it takes to cook the asparagus” as the emperor Augustus liked to say, the examination at the second reading of the bioethics bill resumed on June 29, 2020.

After a forced break of several weeks due to the coronavirus confinement, the legislative shuttle resumed at the very start of the extraordinary session of Parliament. Debates are expected to last two weeks in total, but the recent cabinet shuffle could increase the delays. Once adopted, the text should resume its route to the Senate.

Then, the calendar becomes uncertain, but it seems obvious that the executive is looking to take advantage of the summer vacation to speed up the examination of a project that remains thorny and divisive, especially less than two years before the presidential election.

On June 30, in the columns of Figaro, the Archbishop of Paris was moved by the speed with which the government is trying to carry out its project. Archbishop Michel Aupetit denounced parliamentarians’ eagerness, as “shameless, when our country has just gone through a health crisis which has brought it to its knees.” He took the opportunity to castigate “the culture of death that hangs over our country” and which, according to him, “has been amplified by the fear of death caused by the pandemic.”

Extension of PMA (medically assisted procreation) to couples of women and single women, genetic manipulation of embryos, creation of animal-human chimeras, eugenic threats on people with Down’s syndrome, abolition of the waiting period for an abortion, etc. This new so-called “bioethics” bill comes from the worlds of Orwell and the sorcerer’s apprentice.