‘Pub­lic per­cep­tion of as­sisted dy­ing has changed’

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A CAM­PAIGNER is pleased that the bill for as­sisted dy­ing has cleared its first hur­dle in the House of Lords.

Les­ley Close, of Stan­ley Hill, Amer­sham has writ­ten a book about as­sisted dy­ing, ex­plor­ing this con­tro­ver­sial is­sue, af­ter she ac­com­pa­nied her brother to Switzer­land to end his life.

Her brother had mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease and Ms Close sup­ported her brother’s de­ci­sion to go to Dig­ni­tas, the Swiss or­gan­i­sa­tion that of­fers to help peo­ple to com­mit sui­cide.

Ms Close is a pa­tron for Dig­nity in Dy­ing, which is cam­paign­ing for as­sisted dy­ing to be le­galised in the coun­try and she was at the House of Lords for the sec­ond read­ing.

Her book, As­sisted Dy­ing – Who Makes the Fi­nal De­ci­sion?, uses case stud­ies to dis­cuss the is­sue of as­sisted dy­ing.

Ms Close said: “I was de­lighted with how it went. It is no longer a ques­tion of whether it should be changed, it is now about when and how it should be changed.

“The length of the de­bate was a record and it showed the im­por­tance of this is­sue.”

She added: “Pub­lic per­cep­tion has changed and so many peo­ple are pre­pared to say that they sup­port the change of the law. I would like to think that my brother would be proud of me.

“I did prom­ise that I would work hard to change the law.”

Lord Fal­coner’s as­sisted dy­ing bill had its sec­ond read­ing on Fri­day, July 18.

The bill will be taken to the com­mit­tee stage at the House of Lords af­ter the summer re­cess.

Photo by Ais­ling Mag­ill www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL20148620

IM­POR­TANT IS­SUE: Les­ley Close with her book As­sisted Dy­ing – Who Makes the Fi­nal De­ci­sion?

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