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We need British suicide clinics says former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt - March 21st 2009, 06:51 PM

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Suicide clinics should be set up in the UK and "assisted suicide" legalised, Patricia Hewitt said yesterday.
The ex-Health Secretary will try to change the law next week so people who take terminally ill loved ones abroad to die cannot be jailed. But she eventually wants to go further and legalise assisted suicide.
Mr Hewitt said she had been "quite troubled by the issue for several years". She added: "My own view is that we should have a law for people who are terminally ill but also mentally competent of making that very grave decision."
But anti-euthanasia campaigner Peter Saunders said her proposal would make a mockery of laws banning websites that encourage suicide. He said: "That would be farcical as well as tragic."
Lesley Close, who took brother John to Swiss clinic Dignitas six years ago where more than 100 Britons have taken their lives, said a change in the law would be a "wonderful step forward". MS patient Debbie Purdy of Bradford, West Yorks, lost a legal bid last October to guarantee her husband would not go to jail.
A No10 spokesman said Gordon Brown opposed the change but MPs would be given a free vote if the amendment is considered. Lib Dem peer Lord Carlile said letting prosecutors decide if someone should go to court was still the best solution for those who wanted to help and the best defence against "greedy relatives".
I agree with her. Opinions anyone?


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Re: We need British suicide clinics says former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt - March 21st 2009, 06:54 PM

I agree with her. I support assisted suicide if you are mentally competent because I would want to die with dignity if I was terminally ill.


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Re: We need British suicide clinics says former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt - March 21st 2009, 06:58 PM

I think I have support for euthansia for the terminally ill who are compentant to make the decision, although I do think strict safe gaurds need to be in place to protect from force and/or pressure from family members.

On the other hand, I don't agree with allowing, particularly in a clinic setting, suicide in the non-terminally ill. For one, it does almost legitimise it as an option.
   
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Re: We need British suicide clinics says former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt - March 21st 2009, 07:02 PM

Good idea and long long overdue.
   
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Re: We need British suicide clinics says former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt - March 21st 2009, 07:14 PM

I second Jack. Simply, there is need for this, and they have finally supplied something.


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Re: We need British suicide clinics says former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt - March 21st 2009, 07:20 PM

Agreed with the above. I support her in this completely.
   
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Re: We need British suicide clinics says former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt - March 21st 2009, 08:40 PM

I'll sound like a broken record, but I agree with the above few statements. Forcing the terminally ill to suffer isn't right.



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Re: We need British suicide clinics says former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt - March 21st 2009, 10:10 PM

About time. However, if we're going to have euthanasia clinics in this country we need a better legal framework for euthanasia, given that it's currently illegal. We need legal safeguards against coercion.
   
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