Assisted dying laws could expand to include children, prisoners or those who are lonely or depressed

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Opponents of assisted suicide are stepping up their campaign to defeat proposed legislation which is set to go before the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs have been invited to “webinar” this week featuring medical experts from Holland and Canada, where assisted suicide is legal, as well as a disabled academic who will speak against the planned Bill.

The event has been organised by Care Not Killing (CNK) Scotland and Not Dead Yet UK, the two groups spearheading opposition to Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur‘s Bill.

Theo Boer, Professor of Health Care Ethics at Groningen University, will tell MSPs that 4.5 per cent of all deaths in the Netherlands are now preceded by assisted dying, rising to 15 per cent in some regions.

He is expected to say: “Once assisted dying is legal, the Dutch and other experiences show that new groups of patients will request justice – and equal treatment:

“Why only terminally ill patients, and not people with a longer life expectancy?

“Why only physically ill patients, whereas people with psychiatric illnesses may suffer much harder?

“Why only competent adults and not people with advance directives (dementia patients)?

“Why only people whose suffering is caused by a medical illness, rather than anyone who suffers hopelessly?

“All five expansions have indeed occurred in the Netherlands. The Dutch example testifies that once assisted dying is legal, this changes our views of dying, suffering, vulnerability, and care dependence, similar to the way flying has changed tourism, friendships, politics, and the economy.”

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