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'Right to die' would become a 'duty to die' for some, CARE warns

Assisted Suicide
29 April 2024

The 'right to die' would become a 'duty to die' for some people if assisted suicide was made legal, CARE has warned.

Speaking ahead of a Westminster Hall debate on the issue, Louise Davies MBE, Director of Advocacy and Policy at CARE, commented:

“The evidence of assisted suicide’s dangers is undeniable and has not changed since past debates at Westminster. If anything, it has grown, given a litany of disturbing reports from other countries.

“No ‘safeguard’ could ever rule out mistakes, abuses, and expansion of legislation beyond that which is initially agreed. When injustices do occur, marginalised groups in society are worst affected.

“It's also clear that the ‘right to die’ would become a ‘duty to die’ for those who feel they are a burden, or who lack the support they need. We’d urge MPs to stand up for the vulnerable and oppose it.”

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