MP Maryan Street has withdrawn her End of Life Choice Bill from the members’ ballot.
The Bill was promoting voluntary euthanasia which is often called the right to die.
It would also give the right to kill.
It would give people, including doctors, the right to offer, provide and ultimately administer fatal medication.
I have twice given doctors permission to not resuscitate a child.
Tom was just 20 weeks old, Dan five years, both had degenerative brain disorders and both had stopped breathing when I was asked if I wanted treatment to continue.
That isn’t what this Bill is about.
Nor is it about pain relief as part of palliative care.
There might be a grey area now about pain relief which gets to the level where it could be fatal but there is a huge gulf between alleviating pain and deliberately killing someone.
If we ever consider our own mortality most of us would choose to die without pain and with all our faculties intact.
Life and death aren’t always that tidy and palliative care isn’t always optimal.
That is a very strong argument for better palliative care, not an argument for euthanasia.
Our lives are our own but the right to kill is a big and very serious step on from the right to die.
Macdoctor has several posts on the issue.