UK assisted dying bill hopes to end ‘inhumane’ suicides

UK assisted dying bill hopes to end ‘inhumane’ suicides

Molly Meacher’s voice quivers with emotion as she tells how her aunt took her own life after her liver cancer tumor grew to the size of a football. “One night, she took a whole lot of pills and whisky, and her husband found her dead in the morning,” said Meacher, a member of British parliament’s upper House of Lords. “It seemed to me terribly sad that somebody would end their life alone in the middle of the night without even their dear husband knowing that this was what they were doing,” she told AFP.

Meacher, 81, has drafted a law to legalize assisted dying in England for the terminally ill with less than six months to live, an act currently punishable by up to 14 years in prison. “It just was clear to me that this was just inhumane. You wouldn’t treat a dog or a cat like that. But we treat our own people like that,” said the former social worker.

The UK parliament examined the question of assisted dying in 2015 and decided against legalizing it, but since then other countries have decided to approve what many see as an act of mercy. “Things are moving in the right direction,