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Right to die bill is a step in the right direction

There is no perfect solution to the issues surrounding the right-
to-die debate but the new bill will help, says Leslie Keegan

14 June 2013

Last month Lord Falconer introduced a Bill to provide for assisted dying. It is based on the conclusions of the Commission on Assisted Dying, a group of peers and academics that held hearings in the style of a royal commission and came up with a recommendation for assisted dying in certain circumstances.

The Bill would make assisted dying lawful in respect of terminally ill patients with less than six months to live in "strictly defined circumstances" (see box).

There is debate as ever as to whether the various safeguards proposed in the Bill are sufficient to protect the vulnerable.

There is an obvious tension between the two opposing views. As medical science provides increased number of solutions to diseases and injuries, then it should be allowed to provide the ultimate solution for those people who are faced with terminal illness or some severe or incurable disease and those who feel that allowing for assisted dying will increase ...

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