Assisted Dying Bill

This: Religious leaders write to MPs to oppose Assisted Dying Bill

And This: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/05/religious-leaders-urge-mps-throw-out-assisted-dying-bill

The posturing letter from religious leaders in the UK led by the Archbishop of Canterbury is deliberately designed to make MPs resolve wobble when voting for or against the Assisted Dying Bill.  Currently, the law is a mess.  It needs tidying up, and made clear, so that there is a true definition of what constitutes merciful suicide, and it’s opposite number, murder.

Whilst religious leaders are perfectly entitled to lobby MPs and insist they are heard, I think that their view is absolutely wrong.  My grandmother had cancer, and suffered terribly with pain.  Her decline was long and tortuous to see.  Even though doctors prescribed high volumes of painkillers, they couldn’t ensure a dignified death. The morphine based anagesics she was taking was slowly poisoning her anyway, causing memory absences and sickness.  It would have been kinder to, having assessed that she wasn’t getting better, hold a conference with us, her family, and my grandmother to discuss the options.  Currently, all the doctors can do is agree not to resuscitate. If I had a dog with incurable cancer, I could ask the vet to put it down.  My grandmother had no such rights.

Other elderly family members suffered undignified ends. My husband, having lost his mother at a young age to a lengthy illness, agrees that assisted dying would have been kinder to her, and her family. It makes such sense to allow the medical profession to allow the death of a person using assisted suicide after lengthy consultation and all avenues exhausted on a clinical level.

There is a worry from religious leaders that the Bill will lead to state advocated murder which is utter nonsense.  The Bill goes some way in ensuring people don’t get prosecuted to displaying compassion.  It enables the patient to have a choice on their destiny.  If the patient is religious it might be they will not consent to assisted suicide anyway, and that is their decision.

What strikes me is that this rabble of religious leaders still think that religion should still have a bearing on lawmaking.  It absolutely should not.  The morals and ethics common in religion and atheist philosophy should be considered, but with nearly half of British citizens describing themselves as not following any religion, these anachronistic deluded individuals do not represent the majority.

I hope that our Members of Parliament with consider the Bill seriously before making a decision on how to vote. The law is in dire need of tidying up so that the State, medical profession and individuals can work together to ensure “a good death” for everyone. Its for everyone’s dignity and peace of mind the vote is in favour.  I hope sense prevails.

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