‘Public perception of assisted dying has changed’
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.
IMPORTANT ISSUE: Lesley Close with her book Assisted Dying – Who Makes the Final Decision?