Facebook banned an attempt to broadcast live by a French man who wishes to die peacefully.
Alain Cocq is suffering from an incurable degenerative condition. A disease in which he has lived for over 3 decades. His uncommon condition indicated that his arteries stuck together. Cocq ‘s long-suffering has prompted him to apply for permission from President Emmanuel Macron so that he could die by “strong medical assistance.” According to an Al Jazeera article, Cocq asked for permission to die in peace and “with dignity.”
Dying in peace, dignity
In Cocq’s message, he outlined his misery and how “unbearable pain” crippled him. Likewise, he called for a revision of French legislation to allow euthanasia. He said others called it “social euthanasia” or “assisted suicide.” For him, with proper medical support, this is the end of life with dignity. Only in particular conditions does French law authorize “passive euthanasia.”
But President Emmanuel Macron refused to consider his appeal. He’s not beyond the rules, he said. He added he couldn’t do something that will go outside the “current legal system.” The President added he admires Cocq’s will power display when battling “incessant fights” with his incurable condition.
Cocq told CNN he already expected the President would not be able to fulfill his request. Even so, he admired the kindness of the President. Cocq said his decision to end his life was painful. However, it did make him feel good. He declined to take medicine, food and alcohol beginning Friday night.
On his social media account, Cocq wrote that his deliverance begins and that he is happy about it, announcing he had taken his “last meal.” He said that after that, he might have just days to live and endure the pain that he has never felt before.
Facebook blocks his attempt to live-stream his dying moments
Cocq prepared broadcasting his death live on Facebook. He said he chose to publicly show his pain moments because citizens are free to choose, and death “should be democratic.” In its response to The Verge, Facebook said that they decided to block Cocq’s live stream because their rules would not allow users to show “suicide attempts.”
Facebook said their hearts go out to Alain and to everyone upset by the “sad incident.” However, they have taken action to avoid Cocq broadcasting live on Facebook under the guidance of experts. Cocq stated this in a message saying he was blocked by Facebook from broadcasting video until September 8.
Cocq told his followers it’s now up to them. He urged them to share what they think about policies that limit freedom of expression on Facebook.
‘Right-to-die’ divides a nation
The “right-to-die” was the topic of controversy. The said discussion divided the French people. That had been Vincent Lambert’s case. After a car crash in 2008, Vincent was left in a vegetative condition.
Years of physical therapy have not helped to change his health. Therefore, the decision to die through “passive euthanasia” caused discord among his kin members. His parents worked hard to resist the decision his wife made to put him off care for life. His situation has also been a heavily politicized topic. It made some politicians to advocate for assisted suicide legalization.