Should assisted suicide be sanctioned by law?

Philip Barron looks at the debate on assisted suicide in Britain

Should the terminally ill have to travel abroad in order to die? | Photo: ArtToday

Recent high-profile cases, such as those of Debbie Purdy and Sir Edward Downes, have intensified the debate about whether it should be made legal to assist a person to take their own life.  The archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster, with chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks, published a joint statement objecting to a proposed amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill which, they said, would mark a shift in British Law towards legalising euthanasia.

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