Assisted Dying

Assisted dying

Assisted dying is such a controversial topic.

Legally, a person who is compos mentis and properly advised, can refuse treatment or insist on not being resuscitated if that is what stands between them and death.

However, it is not lawful to attempt to end your own life or for a person to assist a person to end their life, no matter the seriousness of their condition, the pain they are suffering or the imminence of their death.

Assistance might be providing the means to a lethal injection, providing a tablet or terminating life support already agreed.

If a person is terminally ill and in pain is it not humane to allow self determination in sustaining or ending life?

Governments need to rethink outdated Christian tenets of morality.

Conrad, May 2017