UK's Commission on Assisted Dying to recommend law change
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Media reports recently released have suggested that the United Kingdom's Commission on Assisted Dying, which was set up by the think-tank in 2010, will support a change in British law to make it legal for someone to seek an assisted suicide, when they publish their final report on Thursday.
The Commission has been led by the former Lord Chancellor,. The Commission has members from the medical profession, from patient's advocacy groups, politicians including the Conservative MP , and a clergyman, Rev James Woodword, Canon of St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
The philosopher Metropolitan Police, also served on the Commission and has stated he supports a change in the law as it currently places police officers in the difficult situation of investigating cases of assisted suicide, with family members facing uncertainty as to whether the will bring charges. Lord Blair also described as "incoherent" the current position that doctors are placed in by the law which is unclear as to what exactly counts as "assisting" a suicide., who strongly supports provision of assisted dying, has said that has a "moral duty" to change the law. , the former commissioner of the
British prime minister David Cameron has opposed changing assisted-dying law. He wrote in 2006: "I do not think we should tread over this line and we should not allow doctors or others positively to accelerate death — because I think the long-term consequences of permitting such action are too likely to be dangerous for society."
- Ian Blair. "Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart" — , January 1, 2012
- Mary McConnell. "Law on assisted suicide should change, says ex Met chief as key report is set to recommend some mercy killing is legalised" — , January 1, 2012
- Toby Helm. "End the ban on assisted suicide, report will urge the government" — , December 31, 2011
- Mary Warnock. "Parliament's moral duty on assisted dying" — , December 31, 2011
- "About the Commission on Assisted Dying" — , August 17, 2010