right to die
Although it has been unbearably hard, I have coped with finding out I have secondary breast cancer, chemotherapy, losing all my hair, surgery and radiotherapy. I still love my life, my family and friends and I plan to stay being myself until such time as I can no longer do so. What I find so hard to cope with is that I have no choice about when and how long it will take me to die.
This is not about the beginning of euthanasia for disabled people. This is not the start of a slippery slope. This is not about coercing disabled people to die. It is about enabling people to have a choice. We can refuse further treatment for an illness, we can refuse to take medication.
Prosecutions for assisting or encouraging suicide are very rare indeed and Sir Keir Starmer's remark that during his tenure
I don't bulk-buy my opinions. I don't rely solely on emotion, polls of the general public or even the views of "people like me", to determine my position on where the balance of the law should rest. I consider the evidence.
Changing the law on assisted dying could create "death squads" of doctors forced to administer euthanasia to patients, a
Desmond Tutu has become the latest high-profile figure to come out in favour of a change in the law on the right to die, days
Locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson's widow and a paralysed road accident victim take their "right-to-die" battle
We know we're on the cusp. As a species, we almost always are. But in the beginning of the 21st century - as everyone's favourite