Ellie Whitaker’s support of R.A.T.S. is commendable and I think it’s great too, however she is naively unaware of the difference between this and the End of Life Choice Bill.
Addressing the causes of teen suicide is vastly different from protecting the rights of those in terminal physical suffering who have been pushed beyond the limits of endurance.
Such people are generally of mature years, and have tolerated pain and suffering beyond the comprehension of young Ellie Whitaker, and for a time far beyond her own innocent teen years. There is a healthy way out for teens suffering suicidal thoughts and they need help and support to find it. There is no way out for people in need of the EOLC Bill. That’s why they need it.
Miss Whitaker seems to have missed the vital differences between consensual assisted suicide, and the issues around teen suicide, which is rarely consensual or assisted. One is a human right to dignity without suffering, and the other is a desperately serious problem for teens and their families, that requires collective input such as the admirable work of R.A.T.S. The other requires the EOLC Bill. I’m sure she can understand this.