Sunday, 26 July 2009

Assisted dying

Yesterday the Times lead with the emotive headline, Huge public support to allow right to die, based upon the findings of a new Populus poll. It was dishonest since in the body of the text the author states, 'the poll found only 13 percent of the public supported a blanket right to assisted suicide regardless of the individual's health.


There is much to be worried about by our media's stance on assisted dying and the pressure growing to change the law to make all forms of euthanasia permissible in law. This article illustrates just one of the concerns that doctors like me have about the issue; for human beings are inclined to twist the truth and fundamentallly are not to be trusted. Alas that's the whole basis of laws-for if trust were endemic lawyers would be largely redundant. In the matter of euthanasia I fear we just cannot trust each other enough for it to be permissible. It's too open to abuse, even with legal restraints.

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