Azara Blog: Gordon Brown is against allowing people to die

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Date published: 2008/12/30

The BBC says:

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told the BBC he is "totally against" changing laws on euthanasia.

Speaking to the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, he said it was not for him to create laws to "put pressure on people to end their lives".

But campaign group Dignity in Dying said it should not be a decision for the PM but for the adult themselves.

It is illegal in the UK to aid and abet a suicide and anyone convicted faces up to 14 years in prison.

More than 100 Britons are thought to have gone to die at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal, provided it has not been carried out for a profit.

The Swiss and Dignity in Dying have this correct. Brown has it completely wrong, not to mention being totally dishonest. He, and his fellow travellers, "put pressure on people not to end their lives" (trivially, since it is illegal). Allowing people the right to die does not equate to pressurising them to die. The government should have very little say in how and when people choose to die.

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