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Think tank report urges assisted suicide caution

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13th March 2023

The authors of "Physician-Assisted Suicide: Improving the Quality of the Debate" include a retired Supreme Court Justice, a former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission a leading barrister

Think tank report urges assisted suicide caution

A new report by Policy Exchange slams the 'flawed' Parliamentary debate on assisted dying and urges Parliament to show caution and restraint in this matter.

Written by Professor John Keown, one of the world's leading ethicists, the report warns that the law in Canada provides 'a revealing and ongoing illustration of the slippery slope', and argues that legalising assisted dying for the terminally ill could and would 'be extended to many other patients, including the frail elderly and people with a range of disabilities.'

The report is supported by forewords from retired Supreme Court Justice Lord Sumption, former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Reith lecturer Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, and leading barrister Lord Carlile of Berriew KC.

Dr Gordon Macdonald, chief executive of Care Not Killing, told the Daily Express:

"We need to care for people who are suffering, not encourage them or provide them with a mechanism to end their lives. This is why we champion the extension high-quality palliative care to all those who need it and better support for their families."

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