The Great Debate UK
“I hope I die before I get old… Talkin’ bout my Generation,” The Who
Euthanasia used to be an issue just for the terminally ill, but as the British population ages, more people want the option to have an assisted suicide.
In Britain, where nearly 20 percent of the population is over 65, assisted suicide is illegal. However, this month the government is to clarify the law to state the grounds for which a person can be prosecuted for helping someone to die.
Is doctor-assisted suicide more acceptable than regular assisted suicide when a family member or loved one can help end another’s life?
- Sarah Wootton is Chief Executive of Dignity in Dying. The opinions expressed are her own -
The decision made by the House of Lords in the case of multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy was historic, and a milestone in the campaign for greater choice at the end of life. Lord Brown said “what in mind is needed is custom-built policy statement indicating the various factors for and against prosecution… factors designed to distinguish between those situations in which, however attempted to assist, the prospective aider and abettor should refrain from doing so, and those situations in which he or she may fairly hope to be, if not commended, at the very least forgiven, rather than condemned, for giving assistance”.