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Assisted dying risks sending a message that some lives are no longer worth living – Michael Veitch

One of the most heartening aspects of the national response to Covid has been the razor-sharp focus on reducing and preventing death, prioritising the protection of those most vulnerable to death or serious illness, namely the sick and elderly. A crude utilitarian approach would have begun with the vaccination of the young, healthy and those deemed to contribute the most measurable economic ‘benefit’ to society. Such an approach, had it been pursued, would rightly have provoked outrage, and yet the very fact that it was not proves that society chooses to uphold the inherent worth and dignity of every human life.

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