Posted by: Witch Doctor | February 10, 2010

Assisted dying – Lords debate (Part 4)

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CONTINUED FROM HERE: and HERE and HERE

Following Sir Terry Pratchett’s Dimbleby lecture and the recent Inglis and Gilderdale cases, a short debate on assisted dying took place recently in The House of Lords.

ASSISTED DYING

It followed a question asked by Lord Warner.

“To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to holding an independent inquiry to examine the evidence relating to a change in the law on assisted dying for terminally ill adults.”

Here are a few quotes from those participating.

THE LORD BISHOP OF DURHAM

“My Lords, where a matter has already been debated, to call for an independent inquiry looks like the old business of holding the referendum again and again until people give the right answer. Parliament is there not to bend to every media-manipulated public whim, but to take the larger and longer view. We do not see in the press the old lady who last summer told me several times that she just wanted to go to sleep and not wake up, but who eventually made a full recovery.”

He seems to be AGAINST assisted dying.

BARONESS O’LOAN

“The protection and preservation of life is the most fundamental and important duty of the state under the law. To live with life-limiting illness is to live with uncertainty. Today the law protects individuals from mercy killing-for that, ultimately, is what assisted suicide is. They know that if someone determines that their life is no longer of value and takes steps to end that life, the law will intervene. They know, at least, that there is no pressure to die to protect the financial and other interests of those around them, to alleviate their pain or to set them free from their responsibilities. What pressure there would be on those people if they knew that someone who might not want to commit suicide might nevertheless feel constrained to move for it, and their carer or lover had the option of killing.”

She seems to be AGAINST assisted dying.

More later….

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