Friday, 5 December 2014

The British Geriatrics Society asks what we think of physician-assisted dying.

In a blog post "Physician-assisted dying: the BGS, the RCP, and the law", David Oliver, President of the BGS, asks "what do you all think? We would love to know – not via a poll, but by all means through social media and correspondence."

I am still opposed to it. I support alleviating pain and distress with appropriate treatments and should they have the consequence of shortening life then so be it. However, being able to purposefully end life under regulation would raise the unwelcome outcome of some people encouraging the elderly to consent or some tyranny choosing arbitrary conditions.

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