Posted: Jul 18, 2014 10:21 am
by kennyc
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Assisted dying law would lessen suffering says Falconer

Legalising assisting dying would mean "less suffering not more deaths", a leading campaigner has said as peers debate the issue in the House of Lords.

Lord Falconer said a "limited" change was needed to the law to give the terminally ill choice on their deaths.

He insisted that the "final decision must always be made by the patient", with safeguards to prevent "abuse and pressure" on the vulnerable.

But critics say the bill is flawed and predicated on uncertain diagnoses.

Lord Falconer's bill which would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to terminally ill patients judged to have less than six months to live.

About 130 peers have requested to speak in a debate on the subject, which started shortly after 10:00 BST.

'Lonely death'
The bill is expected to get a second reading in the Lords, but without government backing MPs are unlikely to get a chance to debate it in the Commons, meaning it will not become law.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is not "convinced" by the arguments for legalising assisted dying but the bill has won the backing of Lib Dem Care Minister Norman Lamb.