At this point in time – and by this I mean in terms of how society currently thinks of and treats disabled people – I have a very firm, personal objection to assisted dying / voluntary euthanasia.
Such an objection extends to thinking it is entirely the right approach to build alliances with other organisations, including faith-based ones, with whom I would ordinarily have no natural affiliation but who also oppose assisted dying / voluntary euthanasia.
The entry of some religious voices into the assisted dying / voluntary euthanasia debate, prompted by current attempts to move assisted dying onto the statute book, has led to much debate.
Generally speaking, I find coverage of policy and politics in the UK dispiriting, mainly because of how ill-informed and binary it is. This is true for pretty much all topics, but especially so when it comes to assisted dying / voluntary euthanasia.
Very rarely are points of view expressed at length from people who actually know their apples with regard to assisted dying / voluntary euthanasia and its policy, legal and moral context/implications given any space.
To this end, I have found Neil’s 3 posts (so far) on this topic truly terrific. They are a welcome, balanced, informed and thoughtful antidote to much else we’re currently subjected to on assisted dying / voluntary euthanasia.
His posts also express almost exactly my own views on the issue, and it is with this disclaimer I commend Neil’s posts to you:
- Why there should be no right to assisted dying without the right to assisted living
- Killing people with kindness: Why the passing of the Assisted Dying Bill will make disabled people unsafe in our society
- Signal failure: Law as social signals, deliberate or otherwise