Yet another ‘assisted dying’ bill is before the Westminster Parliament. This time, a two-pronged approach has been adopted by the campaigners. We have Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill in the House of Lords and, as of this week, a parallel bill by an MP, Rob Marris, in the House of Commons.
Many people have serious reservations about changing the law. The majority of doctors do not believe that assisting the suicides of patients is a proper part of clinical practice. Among those who specialise in treatment and care of the dying opposition is near unanimous.
People with disabilities are worried that, if ‘assisted dying’ is legalised for terminally ill people, they could be next on the list. And there are others who look with concern on what is happening in the handful of jurisdictions overseas that have chosen to go down the ‘assisted dying’ road.