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We need a compassionate law that can safeguard choice

Parliament can provide both greater choice and greater protection, says Davina Hehir at Dignity in Dying

18 July 2014

The Suicide Act is over 50 years old and is out of touch with the problems facing dying Britons in the 21st century.

Public opinion is resolutely in favour of change and just a few weeks ago in the cases of Nicklinson, Lamb and Martin, the Supreme Court indicated that if parliament is unwilling to address the issue, then ultimately the courts will - it is only a matter of time before the law is reformed.

Today, parliament has a chance to start the process of changing the law, as members of the House of Lords debate Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill. The bill would allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults the option of an assisted death within upfront safeguards. With an unprecedented number of speakers (133 at the last count) peers clearly understand the importance of the issuers at stake, and are keen to have their say.

Dignity in Dying campaigns to change the law on assisted dying along the lines proposed in Lord Falconer's bill. We hope th...

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