THE minister in charge of elderly care has backed a change in the law on assisted dying for the terminally ill
At the time the Lords was about to discuss the, since failed, Joffe Bill proposing assisted dying for the terminally ill
be made legal with safeguards.
uk/consultations/as_index.html While you are online, I would also encourage all supporters of greater choice at the end of life to sign the petition to Gordon Brown that "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to launch an independent commission to investigate the impact of an assisted dying for the terminally ill
law and to guarantee enough parliamentary time to debate, and if necessary, act upon the findings." This can be found at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Assisted-dying/SARAH WOOTTON, Chief Executive, Dignity in Dying, 181 Oxford Street, London W1D 2JT THE Chronicle reserves the right to edit readers' letters.
There is overwhelming public support for a law allowing medically assisted dying for the terminally ill
, a survey published yesterday showed.
Dignity in Dying, which has 800 people on its books, is campaigning for the Assisted Dying For The Terminally Ill
Bill to be made law.
One legislator who supported the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill
Bill accused Catholic officials of leading a "very unpleasant campaign" against the legislation and causing its defeat.
The Bedworth-based MP, who is the government's solicitor-general, said he welcomed a decision by the House of Lords to oppose the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill
Supporters of the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill
Bill, who claim popular backing, accused church leaders of frustrating the democratic process.
As emotions ran high, the Lords yesterday voted to delay the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill
Bill for six months.
Lord Joffe's Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill
Bill, would enable adults of sound mind suffering "unbearably" as a result of a terminal illness, to die at their own request.
On Friday, the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill
Bill is due to be given its second reading at the House of Lords.
We support the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill
Bill under which mentally competent adults with less than six months to live could ask a doctor for help to die.