Assisted suicide for the dying would reduce suffering, says Falconer

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3206
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A private member’s bill to legalise physician assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in England and Wales has been tabled in the House of Lords by a former Labour lord chancellor, Charles Falconer.

The bill, which had its formal first reading on 15 May, follows the report last year of the independent Commission on Assisted Dying, chaired by Falconer, which branded the existing law “inadequate and incoherent.”1

The bill was introduced in parliament in the UK, the same week that lawyers for two paralysed men argued in the Court of Appeal that doctors should be allowed to help them end their lives. The argument was …

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