Assisted dying bill: dignity in death or taking advantage of the vulnerable?

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Assisted dying bill: dignity in death or taking advantage of the vulnerable?
7th November 2014

Lord Falconer's assisted dying proposals would allow terminally ill adults who have fewer than six months to live the option to end their lives.

The Bill is now at the committee Stage, having passed earlier readings in the Lords. Today marks the third reading of the bill in the House of Lords. 
 
Though commentators the controversial bill only has a slender chance of being passed, it has provoked strong debate both inside Westminister and throughout the country.
 
Lord Falconer argues his bill would relieve enormous suffering. Giles Fraser disagrees, arguing it would encourage people who think they are a burden to their family to kill themselves.
 
Maleena Pone spoke to representatives from both Dignity in Dying and Not Dead Yet UK for both takes on the bill, its impact, and what it says about our society.

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