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Dignity In Dying offers us a false choice – between unbearable suffering on the one hand and their ‘modest’ proposal for ‘assisted dying’ on the other.

In fact, the choice is a different one. On the one hand, we can work to make excellent palliative care universally available on the basis of need to those who are dying, and support the medical profession to help each patient in the terminal phase of an illness to consider for themselves which medical treatments may be too onerous relative to the extra time they could give someone.

Or we could licence doctors to provide people who feel suicidal with lethal drugs to kill themselves, changing not just the criminal law on encouraging and assisting suicide but our culture.

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