Facebook says it will prevent a Frenchman suffering from an incurable disease from broadcasting live his own death. Voluntary Suicide
French Man Alain Cocq, 57, after receiving his Lethal Dosage of Pentobarbital Sodium (Nembutal ) and refusing food and drinks was planning to air his last few days on earth .
President Emmanuel Macron had previously rejected his request for Voluntary euthanasia .
Terminally ill Mr. Cocq wants the law in France to be changed to allow Dying with Dignity . Some groups, including the Catholic Church, are totally against Voluntary Suicide on moral grounds.
“The road to deliverance begins and believe me, I am happy”, this was what Mr Cocq posted the eve before taking his lethal dosage . Previously he posted a couple of hours earlier , he would be taking his last meal .
Mr. Cocq suffers from a terminal sickness which causes the walls of his arteries to adhere.
But Facebook blocked the plan to broadcast his death live, saying it did not permit Voluntary suicide.
“We respect [Mr Cocq’s] decision to want to draw attention to this complex issue, following expert advice we have taken measures to prevent the live broadcast on Alain’s account, ”a Facebook spokesperson told the agency AFP press release.
“Our rules do not allow us to show Physician Assisted or Voluntary suicide attempts.
“Facebook blocked his live publications till September 8 , and since then he has been calling on his supporters to pressurize the social media platform to release the blockage .
“It’s up to you now,” he said.
In July, Mr Cocq wrote a letter to Mr Macron, asking the president to allow him to die with dignity”, describing his “extremely violent suffering” . He also stated he already had his lethal medications but he still didn’t want to die a criminal .
Mr. Macron said he was “moved” by the letter, but could not accede to the request because he was “not located above the law”.
Voluntary Euthanasia is a controversial topic in France, with many supporting the right to die with dignity, while others – especially religious conservatives – have opposed calls for its decriminalization.