End of life issues

There is currently sustained pressure by a minority of vocal campaigners to weaken the law on assisted suicide and change public opinion on assisted suicide and euthanasia. This would be to the detriment of the whole of society, especially the disabled and terminally ill. People who are suffering at the end of their lives need to be shown compassion and given better palliative care.

Recently, the British Medical Association (BMA) has rejected a proposed motion which would have changed its position on assisted suicide from ‘opposed’ to ‘neutral’.

In addition, the BMA has also passed a motion calling for women who are considering an abortion to be provided with independent counselling.