Pro-euthanasia activists in France have launched a shock campaign showing three presidential candidates on their deathbeds to promote assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, The Local reports.
The unfortunate victims include President Nicolas Sarkozy, far-right leader Marine Le Pen, and centrist candidate François Bayrou, who have been made to look as though they are suffering from terminal illnesses, with sunken faces, in doctored images by the organisation Association pour le Droit de Mourir dans la Dignite (ADMD).
Captions on the images read: Mr. [or Ms.] candidate, must we put you in this position to change yours on euthanasia?”
The candidates were picked because of their public opposition to assisted suicide (socialist François Hollande was spared because of his support for euthanasia), according to ADMD CEO, Philippe Lohéac.
The controversial ad campaign was launched in the French weekly Les Inrockuptibles.
The UMP minister John Leonetti asked Hollande to condemn the “shameful campaign”. “It is outrageous that the ADMD uses means unworthy to defend an alleged dignity,” he said, according to the Huffington Post, calling the campaign “partisan”.
ADMD plans to hold a demonstration on March 24 in Paris.
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