It is obvious that it is a case of “when” and not “if” when considering the likelihood of “assisted dying” becoming law in the UK. Additionally, anyone with an honest look at history will know that just like any similar law change, the laws surrounding “assisted dying” will be abused on a considerable scale. Just compare the laws for abortion where the overwhelming majority of these are now carried out for the reasons of convenience and carelessness – far removed from the original intention. We desperately fear for the number of elderly and disabled who already feel they are a burden to relatives/friends – many will be bullied, coerced and confused into signing their own lives away greatly adding to any hardship that already brackets them for this “mercy” law.
Whilst we accept the current legislation on the issue of assisted dying leads to very tough situations, a far darker evil will be unleashed when the law changes. We are increasingly living in a culture of death where this all conveniently happens behind closed doors and bizarrely happens in the locations that should preserve life, not end it!
This article by Andrew Goddard should sound serious alarm bells to those who support this legislation – Fulcrum: False Steps in the assisted dying debate.
Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth (Ephesians 6:2-3)