published:Assisted suicide will need better safeguards than abortion had, especially with #NHS privatisation.

Sent to Express but not published…  published in Sunday Express: abbreviated version at bottom

I have to agree with Carole Tominey about Assisted Suicide, especially in terms of some recently, well publicised cases, where the denial of the right to die has been impossible to justify.
It’s not just a philosophical denial of human right, or a question of alleviating suffering. It can be seen as legalised sadism, where the sadist enjoys a feeling of moral superiority.

However,this position is compromised in that we’ve already had this discussion, in terms of the other end of life i.e. abortion.

This was brought in with similar safeguards to those presently proposed, yet we very quickly moved to abortion clinics and abortion tourism, with an easing of those stipulated safeguards.
This was exemplified with a story in this same edition of The Sunday Express deploring a legal abortion at 39 weeks.
The slackening of the safeguards occurs through continual citing of extenuating circumstances but fuelled by the easy profits to be made.

The rapid privatisation of The NHS makes this an even greater factor in the final decision.
Such decisions can not be left to the doctor’s, who are the employee’s of the clinics, Trusts etc.
If assisted suicide is to be legalised, the safeguards need to be much stronger and more independent than those we presently have for abortions.
I can see no reason why a magistrate and a randomly selected jury can’t be mandatory for such significant decision making.
 The State has a duty of care for its citizens, which should override any question of cost. in this regard.

Published, edited version:

I have to agree with Carole Tominey about Assisted Suicide (“we should all have the right to die with dignity”‘ July13), especially in terms of some recently, well publicised cases, where the denial of the right to die has been impossible to justify.
It’s not just a philosophical denial of human right, or a question of alleviating suffering. It can be seen as legalised sadism.
If assisted suicide is to be legalised, the safeguards need to be much stronger and more independent than those than those we presently have for abortions.
I can see no reason why a magistrate and a randomly selected jury can’t be mandatory for such significant decision making.
 The State has a duty of care for its citizens, which should override any question of cost.

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