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Assisted dying commission to report in 2011

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An independent commission was launched to look into whether the law needs to be changed on assisted dying.

The Commission on Assisted Dying, which is being partially funded by the author Terry Pratchett, will publish its findings in 12 months time in December 2011. Included in its 12 members is Celia Grandison-Markey, chair of the Confederation of Black and Ethnic Minority Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors, and interim chair of the Patients Association.

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  • In my opinion, everyone of us should have the right to die if you wish to. With assisted dying it will help make it happen and it will be easier for the person involved. If someone wants to hand his/her life because they are suffering from a straightening illness, who are we to say you can't! Do we know how they feel? Is it right to let them suffer just so they are 'alive'?

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  • It appears quite logical on the surface. The difficulty arises when vulnerable people who feel they are a burden use this as a way of relieving their families. The experience in the Netherlands shows that there are people such as elderly demented who are assisted to die without giving consent.

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  • so what would you do if you have a cva(which you were not expecting) and are totally debilitataed and cannot do it yourself? I hope someone who loves me would put me out of my misery as I have always made my feelings quite clear about being left helpless-who would want to live like that !

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