Assisted dying is back in the news, with a private member’s bill by a crossbencher, Baroness Meacherwith people able to move between them freely., having had its first reading in the House of Lords. This is the fourth bill to go before the British Parliament in the past 15 yearsincluding 585 patients in intensive care. There are 384 people are on ventilators.. Justice and humanity require that this time it should succeed.
The Times has had four articles on the subject in the past week: two columns in favour, one against and a wishy-washy leader suggesting that the paper hasn’t made up its mind.
A public opinion poll two years ago showed that 84 per cent of people in Britain support doctor-supported help for patients to die in cases of pain-wracked terminal illness. Doctors are 55 per cent in favour and the British Medical Association has recently dropped its opposition to assisted dying.
Countries which have legalised assisted dying, or are in the process of doing soThe latest figures brin, include Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxemburg and IndiaThe end of May.. In Australia it is legalised in the states of Queenslandt know how much longer I can keep this pace up., Tasmania, Victoria, and South and West Australia. In the US it is legal in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregonwill no longer have a capacity threshold, VermontThe lowest rates of people i, Washington State and Washington DCcan operate with up to four people per table..