This House Would Legalise 'Assisted Dying'

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill, currently making its way through the British Houses of Parliament, would allow mentally capable adults with less than six months to live to request and receive help in ending their own lives. In this debate, we ask whether legalising assisted dying is moral and practical.

Proposition:

Colin Brewer is a retired psychiatrist credited with first proposing a self-deliverance manual. He is a vocal supporter of the ‘right-to-die’.

John Harris is Professor of Bioethics at Manchester University. He sat on the Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association for 15 years.

Michael Irwin formerly Chaired the Voluntary Euthanasia Society. Michael’s vocal campaign to legalise assisted suicide has earned him the alias ‘Dr Death’.

Opposition:

Robert Preston is Founding Director of the campaign group Living and Dying Well, a former Whitehall civil servant and a parliamentary official.

Madeleine Teahan is Associate Editor at the Catholic Herald and a keen commentator on issues surrounding euthanasia and assisted dying.

Brian Iddon is the Chairman of Care Not Killing. Brian sat on the UK Science and Technology Select Committee between 1997 and 2010.

16 January 2014, 19:30

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