LETTER: Choice at the end of life

I must through your letters pages correct an inaccuracy, indeed scaremongering, in a recent letter by John de Waal concerning Assisted Dying [Letters, June 12].

Dignity in Dying campaigns, both nationally and locally, for a change in the law to allow mentally competent, terminally-ill adults the choice of an assisted death within upfront safeguards, and nothing further.

The so called ‘slippery slope’ argument put forward by Mr de Waal holds no water. The model we base our law change on is the same as the law that has been in place in Oregon, USA, for the past 18 years. This law works well, and has not been ‘extended’ in any way. We most certainly do not support any calls for euthanasia or assisted suicide.

By all means debate your fears Mr de Waal, but please don’t resort to misleading anyone. Dignity in Dying are extremely clear in both what we do, and do not, stand for.

Steve Parlanti

Maxfield Close

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