Weak need pro­tec­tion

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY ALIS­TAIR THOMP­SON , OF CARE NOT KILLING WHICH OP­POSES AS­SISTED SUI­CIDE

THE laws on as­sisted sui­cide and eu­thana­sia ex­ist to pro­tect those who are sick, el­derly, de­pressed or dis­abled from feel­ing obliged to end their lives.

Chang­ing the law on as­sisted sui­cide and eu­thana­sia is op­posed by ev­ery ma­jor dis­abil­ity rights or­gan­i­sa­tion be­cause it would treat dis­abled peo­ple and the sick dif­fer­ently than the able bod­ied and healthy. As Par­a­lympian Tanni Grey-Thomp­son said: “Le­gal­is­ing as­sisted sui­cide will only serve to re­in­force deep prej­u­dices that the lives of sick and dis­abled peo­ple aren’t worth as much as other peo­ple’s.”

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