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We must allow assisted dying

Published 11/09/2015

I am disappointed that the leaders of some faiths are opposing the Assisted Dying Bill, which comes before the House of Commons today.

At present to assist any person to end their life is a criminal act.

But able-bodied people, who have their health, can take their own life. Parliamentarians have no say on when such people decide that they have had enough of life. Yet anyone who is severely incapacitated to the extent that they are kept alive by drugs and are suffering 24 hours a day cannot ask anyone to help them end their lives.

Would it not be more fitting if these faith leaders searched their souls and adopted a more compassionate approach towards those who see no future living in their physical and mental hell.

Harry Stephenson

Kircubbin

Belfast Telegraph

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