SEPTEMBER 13, 2015 by Stephen McLaren
Assisted Suicide

California approves DwD from December 2015!

In Friday's debate, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Keir Starmer, revealed his reasons for not prosecuting 79 of the 80 cases of assisted suicide which came before him. This was highly informative, as it could be argued that the guidelines he issued were tantamount to the stealth legalisation of helping a loved one to die.  

A number of MPs had accompanied parents or spouses through their last days or were doctors who had rich experience in dealing with dying patients.

I found the speech of Nadine Dorries, a former nurse, particularly interesting, as it confirmed for me, my impression that opponents to the right-to-die are not all fuddy-duddies and ideologues.

Her speech concluded with a cogent warning about government involvement in assisted dying:

"There are people all over the country who do not have a family member or relative as their next of kin. They do not have loved ones. For them, the next of kin is the state. It sends a shiver of fear down my spine to think that such a Bill might be legislated for and approved when so many people who are protected by the law may not have such protection in future because their next of kin is the state. When they feel that they are a burden or they feel under pressure, who will coerce them and who will feel the budgetary constraints involved in looking after them?"

The Bill failed because of excessive clinician involvement AND the requisite validation of a High Court Judge in approving the appelant's decision !

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