Thursday, July 7, 2011

Assisted Suicide: Just One More Slippery Slope

Here's a short but interesting piece about how assisted sucide is just one in a long line of slippery slopes.
Chris Lancelot: Assisted suicide law must include an opt-out
Who could fail to be moved by the plight of Sir Terry Pratchett, now facing early onset Alzheimer's disease?
Or those people with motor neurone disease, MS or terminal cancer? Yet at a time when politicians are emphasising the importance of choice in healthcare, the law still prevents patients from exercising the ultimate choice, to kill themselves if living becomes intolerable.
That may change. But by the same token, one person's freedom to end their life must never impinge on another's not to become involved. Any law allowing assisted suicide would have to contain cast-iron opt-out clauses for medical, nursing, pharmacy and administrative staff - as well as relatives. more

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