What we weren't told about Terry Pratchett's 'award-winning' euthanasia documentary
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13th June 2012
Things that we were not told about Terry Pratchett's documentary
Fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett has won a Bafta for his 'documentary' 'Choosing To Die', in which he followed a man with motor neurone disease to Switzerland in order to film him killing himself at the Dignitas facility.
The man's wife, who was clearly very uncomfortable about the whole event, but went along with it out of deference to her husband, was prevented from comforting him as he died by one of the facility staff.
The film generated a huge number of complaints to the BBC. One woman has told Care Not Killing that she had always supported assisted suicide before seeing the film, but that watching it had caused her to change her mind. She now strongly opposes a change in the law.
Pratchett is one of the celebrity Patrons of Dignity in Dying, the former Voluntary Euthanasia Society, and helped to finance the discredited Falconer Commission report on assisted suicide, which was itself conceived by the pressure group.
Previous articles on this issue have mentioned the BBC acting as a cheerleader for euthanasia by supporting films like this and also the dangers of suicide contagion, or the Werther effect, following such depictions.