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Assisted dying will always be open to bullying and exploitation

Confronted with the reality of the distressing death of my mother, I have had to think long and hard about assisted dying. I had been clear in my mind that I would oppose Baroness Meacher’s Assisted Dying Bill which returns to the Lords for a Second Reading this month, because I was concerned that the legislation could be abused by some relatives.

The argument for dying people to be given a choice of their own death was not far from my own mind, as I sat by the bedside of my mother, who was undoubtedly suffering, and wondered whether it was fair for our loved ones to continue to experience such poor quality of life…

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