Saturday, October 9, 2021

Care Not Killing Alliance campaign to oppose assisted suicide bill.

Dr Gordon MacDonald (CEO) of The Care Not Killing Alliance (UK) has asked supporters to contact members of the House of Lords to oppose Baroness Meacher's Assisted Dying Bill that is scheduled for Second Reading on October 22. Dr MacDonald stated the following:
There are many reasons to oppose the Bill at this stage that Peers might find it encouraging to hear about. It's best to keep your message short and in your own words.

 they might have read a recent Spectator article by Dr Joel Zivot? Last rights: assisted suicide is neither painless nor dignified. It raised a number of questions about undignified and painful assisted suicides.
Or perhaps they might be concerned about the increasing pressure that the elderly will feel to seek assisted suicide so as not to be a burden on their family, friends, and caregivers.

There's also the concern that legalising assisted suicide would risk elderly patients being pressured into killing themselves by friends or families with ulterior motives that are unknown to doctors.

They might even be surprised by how openly some advocates of assisted suicide claim that one "benefit" would be saving hundreds of millions on care costs. Saving money should never be a reason to kill the old or vulnerable.
Article: Disability advocates say Assisted Dying Bill poses significant dangers for disabled people (Link).

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