Assisted dying would be damaging to those whose choices are not simple

I’m not opposed to assisted dying because I believe that it will be extended to those who should not have it. (I think the idea that some people “deserve” access to assisted dying demands as much scrutiny as the idea of the “deserving” and the “undeserving” anywhere else in policy.) If you accept the primacy of choice, you accept it for everyone.

But I remain as stubbornly concerned today as I was at the start about those whose choices are not simple: those who have experienced the kind of social disadvantages which we already know translate into poorer health, greater disability, earlier mortality, and which we should not be surprised to see mirrored in assisted dying rates too; and those who do not have the apparent fortitude of the anonymous writer to make the choices that are right for them whatever the views of their family, their doctor or society as a whole. It is for those people, whom no straightforward safeguards or six-month thresholds could protect, that I believe we should continue to resist the introduction of assisted dying.

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