Disabled people and elderly people fear “mission creep” with assisted dying. No wonder given that, despite what you may have heard, physical pain is not in the top five reasons given by those asking for “assistance” The equal value we place on human life now risks being lost.
Amidst discussion of slippery slopes, safeguards, and low numbers of likely candidates, we have lost sight of a fundamental change that will take place if Rob Marris’ assisted dying bill passes.
Right now, the law reflects the equal value we place on every human life. This principle will be lost if we legalise assisted dying.
How? Proponents will argue the bill covers only those few who are dying and who no longer wish to suffer the final stages of their diseases. Surely, they argue, this is not too big a step to take to alleviate suffering?