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Assisted suicide bill returns to Lords, amid concerns from campaigners


I can understand concerns from people that when the time comes they, or their loved ones may have to suffer pain and discomfort before their life is though, however that is not a good enough reason to support this law. The word 'disabled' is not clearly defined except in the context of how long they are 'likely' to live. It is therefore more than 'likely' that most of us will at some stage in our lives become 'disabled' through old age. My worry is that the pressure on the old to end their lives, not be a burden and not spend whatever money they have left on expensive care in their closing months (or even years), will become overwhelming. Is this really what we want for our future? I have nursed my mother and my beloved sister through their final days and never once did I feel I could not provide adequate pain relief. Is it likely that the morphine they were given hastened their deaths? Yes probably, but that was not assisted suicide, that was caring! They both died with family around them, supported and loved. However what about those with no one who cares? Will the state just decide they are of no further use and 'allow' them to be 'put down'. I would like those who advocate assisted suicide to remember that is a very slippery slope they are sitting on and none of us may like what is at the end of it!!

Posted date

7 November, 2014

Posted time

4:01 pm