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Friday, June 13, 2014

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill had its first parliamentary reading last week. It allows doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to terminally ill people with just six months to live who wish to end their lives. Here, a leading campaigner warns of the dangers to all those with special needs.

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It is my belief that debt-ridden governments have increasingly come to regard sick and disabled people as financial burdens on the state—resulting in euthanasia being proposed legislatively as a "final solution" to stem the rising tide of disability benefit claims.

When government ministers opine that the benefits bill is unsustainable, what they're implicitly stating is that government can no longer afford to look after their most vulnerable citizens

—Samuel Miller, in a June 15, 2013 letter to McGill University bioethicist, Margaret Somerville

I hope that you are not correct in your assessment of what is happening but I fear that you might be.

Even though the situation for vulnerable people and for important values looks grim I believe that ethics will eventually prevail. We must remain hopeful and not give up the good fight. 

—Margaret Somerville 


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