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There are better ways of caring for the most vulnerable than assisted suicide

Legalising assisted suicide would go against the extraordinary efforts over the past 18 months to protect human life.

Despite still being in the covid-19 pandemic, there are now two major legislative attempts to change the law to legalise assisted suicide. Euphemistically termed ‘assisted dying’ by campaigners, the true reality of what is being proposed is that doctors be given legal powers to help patients kill themselves. In England and Wales, Baroness Molly Meacher’s Bill is trying to change the law to allow some patients with a terminal illness to access assisted suicide. Just like previous bill attempts, there’s already been plenty of talk of ‘choice’ and of ‘safeguards’. In Scotland, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur’s bill is aiming to achieve something similar.