Sunday, September 9, 2012

UK: "Honest" Assisted Suicide Debate? I'm Not So Sure

Ah, yes, new UK politico calls for more “honest” around assisted suicide/euthanasia debate. Don’t believe it for a minute. The last thing pro-deathers want is an honest debate – they have too much at stake to engage in honesty.
Minister slams assisted suicide law
Anna Soubry, who was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department of Health in this week's reshuffle, called for greater "honesty" about when prosecutions would be brought for helping relatives to die and that the legislation needed to "evolve".
Her comments come after locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson died a week after he lost his legal bid to end his life with a doctor's help. Ms Soubry said she was ambivalent about that case, and that a doctor should not be required to kill somebody.
"You can't say to a doctor or a nurse you can kill this person," she told The Times.
But she said that it was "appalling" that the terminally ill who needed help to end their lives had to go abroad.
"I think it's ridiculous and appalling that people have to go abroad to end their life instead of being able to end their life at home," she said. "The rules that we have about who we don't prosecute allow things to happen but there's a good argument that we should be a bit more honest about it." more

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