Before the revision of the bioethics law, the government will organize "Thematic seminars" to the parliamentarians.
How to prevent the debate on bioethics from starting up, in an extremely tense social context? In an email sent on Friday 11 January to all the parliamentarians, the services of Benjamin Griveaux, government spokesman, announce the organization of "Thematic seminars" present to the deputies and senators the topics developed during the revision of the bioethics law, scheduled in the coming months. Objective: to allow a parliamentary debate "The most informed and the most peaceful as possible", we can read in this note, which mentions "Questions of formidable complexity". A letter was also sent by Premier Édouard Philippe to the presidents of the Senate and to the National Assembly. These seminars will be divided into four themes: procreation, parenting, genetic diagnostics and embryo research. Nothing is announced instead on the end of life or on the management of the use of algorithms in the field of health. The sessions will be moderated by the administrations and will be held every week from the end of January to the end of February, in the presence of the three ministers concerned: Agnès Buzyn (health), Nicole Belloubet (justice) and Frédérique Vidal (higher education).
The timing of the presentation of this text to the Council of Ministers remains vague. Agnès Buzyn declared on January 9 that the government project will be published during the "First quarter", the note sent to parliamentarians is more vague and mentions the "First semester".
In the assembly, the government's invitation is not always well received. Some MEPs point out that the bioethics mission has already auditioned 150 experts of all kinds. They are reporting this week, Tuesday, January 15th.
Wolf Besmond de Senneville