So one in 20 terminal illness is wrongly diagnosed - ergo, people could be sent to their deaths for no reason. And, even if the diagnoses were 100 percent correct, imagine what would happen if the principle were established. If we, as a society, decided that lives are disposable - that there was an officially sanctioned "off" switch - then how would that make our elderly feel? My concern is that it would plant in their heads a nagging question: should they do the decent thing, and ask to be sent to Switzerland so as not to be a burden?“
"The Royal College of Pathologists drew attention to 'a 30% error rate in the medically-certified cause of death', with 'significant errors (i.e. misdiagnosis of a terminal illness resulting in inappropriate treatment) in about 5% of cases.'"
One final thing, that I have never quite understood - and perhaps CoffeeHousers may have some thoughts. This issue is often portrayed as religious groups v the rest. Certainly, Christian and Muslim groups are very opposed to any legislation that promotes abortion or euthanasia - but should this be confined to them? Do you really have to believe in God to believe in the sanctity of life?
So Lord Falconer has been sent homewards to think again tonight. If he is such a supporter of assisted suicide, he can go and help the Labour Party get on with it. I'm glad that tonight, he's been told (by 194 votes to 141) to leave the rest of us alone.