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Commission recomends British government to make assisted suicide legal


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Commission recomends British government to make assisted suicide legal

A commission looking into assisted suicide in England and Wales has called on parliament to give doctors the right to help terminally ill people die.

The panel, which was funded by pro-euthanasia campaigners said doctors should have the right to help those who have less than a year to live, as long as there are stringent safeguards in place.

Susan, whose terminally ill husband took his own life supports the recommendation, she said:

“I’m still not comfortable with the fact that I’m deemed to have broken the law. But that’s something that I had to do for him.”

The Commission on Assisted Dying, interviewed over 1300 sources on all sides of the debate during the year long inquiry. It was headed by Lord Falconer who says current system needs to change:

“We think the current law doesn’t work because it forces people into a lonely or too-early death, and it doesn’t protect the vulnerable”

Opponents of the recommendation such as anti-euthanasia campaigner, Dr. Peter Saunders, argue the report is biased and dangerous:

“There are vulnerable people, who are disabled, depressed, elderly or sick who feel under pressure to end their lives for fear of being a financial or emotional burden upon others.”

Some expert groups refused to take part in the controversial study, and the British government has said that this is a matter for individual conscience and it has no plans to change the law.

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