When considering and reading about the recent debate and Commons vote on assisted dying I can’t help but agree with the your contributor, Steve Parlanti, that those MPs who voted against the Bill inevitably also voted against the liberty and freedom of their constituents.
In effect, they were not voting for or against assisted dying, they voted for or against the rest of us to have the right to choose. I appreciate that, as our elected representatives, they have a mandate to vote on national issues but I don’t believe that should include a right to impose on us their own religious or moral values which inevitably results in a restriction of our personal liberty.
And, as he points out, until they are able to provide us with acceptable levels of palliative care, they should not be taking away our right to end our days in dignity.
If this Act had been passed, those who do not agree with assisted dying could continue to hold their beliefs and values and act accordingly - no one is going to force them to take part! Of course, those members of the medical staff who would not want to be involved would be under no obligation to do so.
Sufficient safeguards could be put in place to protect the vulnerable in our society and, as for the rest of us, we are quite capable of choosing for ourselves thank you.
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