Assisted Suicide dominoes

CARE shares concerns over new assisted suicide vote

17th Jan 2019 - Rachael Adams

The RCP is to poll its 35,000 members and fellows next month on whether or not there should be a change in the law to permit assisted suicide. It will also ask its members whether they would personally take part in an assisted suicide.

Judges, parliamentarians, doctors and disability rights groups are all in agreement – that the safest law is the one we currently have. It carefully balances the individual’s rights with the need to protect vulnerable people, who could feel pressured to end their lives.

If the Royal College was to move to a neutral position this would effectively be a signal of inferred support for assisted suicide. Moreover, changing the law on assisted suicide would fundamentally alter the relationship between doctor and patient, giving doctors the power to kill as well as cure.

Listen to CARE’s Northern Ireland Policy Officer Mark Baillie was on BBC Radio Ulster about why the RCP should retain their opposition to assisted suicide.

We hope members and fellows at the Royal College of Physicians strongly reject the proposed change in position so that the RCP retains its official opposition to assisted suicide in line with every major disability rights organisation and other doctors’ groups including the BMA and the Association of Palliative Medicine.

Listen to CARE Spokesperson James Mildred on BBC Radio Kent talking about why the UK's blanket ban on assisted suicide is the safest for all.

In places where assisted suicide has been legalised, the laws have been dangerously expanded to include non-terminally ill patients, such as those who suffer from dementia or depression and also to include children. It is far better to care for the most vulnerable, rather than creating a culture of pressure where the right to die quickly becomes a duty to die.

We were also interviewed by UCB and our comments were also picked up on Premier, The Christian Institute.

CARE concerns as Royal College of Physicians moves to "neutral stance" on assisted suicide - UCB

Doctors to be polled for stance on assisting suicide of patients – CI

Christian medical group outlines opposition to assisted suicide ahead of doctors' vote – Premier

Christian Action Research Education's Chief Executive Nola Leach said: “I hope members and fellows at the Royal College of Physicians strongly reject the proposed change in position so that the RCP retains its official opposition to assisted suicide in line with every major disability rights organisation and other doctors’ groups including the BMA and the Association of Palliative Medicine.”

Read more about our work on assisted suicide and euthanasia here.

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