LETTER: Avoiding pain and suffering
Anyone would conclude from our MP’s arguments in her Parliamentary column of August 28 that assisted dying would become compulsory. Plenty of research now shows that by no means all acute pain and suffering can be alleviated by palliative care. Under the terms of the Bill, anyone so suffering would be able to continue living if they so wished. One is not in fact asking for much here: merely the wish not to be compelled to undergo such pain and suffering. I find it a matter of increasing arrogance on the part of the opposers of the Bill that they would insist on some people continuing with their suffering when the same opposers may never themselves be put to the literally agonising test.

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