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Assisted Dying - Question for Short Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:13 pm on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Fairfax of Cameron Lord Fairfax of Cameron Conservative 8:13 pm, 6th March 2017

My Lords, I am in favour of this change in the law proposed by the noble Baroness, Lady Jay, and others, because, as we have heard from noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Carey, it is the civilised and right thing to do.

Allowing people to make their own end-of-life decisions is supported by more than 80% of the population polled here and is seemingly the preferred route of the Supreme Court. The safeguards proposed provide the necessary protection. I remind those who have spoken to the contrary that such protection constitutes two GPs and a High Court judge.

Why should people not be allowed to choose the time and place of their death, especially if they are in great pain? I therefore hope that the Government will follow the North American example and support this much-needed change in our law.