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Sasha
Dear Prime Minister, Euthanasia is a highly contentious topic and I should like to suggest a few reasons why: under certain circumstances, individuals should have the right to end their lives. We claim to live in a democratic society where people are free to live their lives as they choose, so why should governments decide how and when somebody should end their life? The decision to allow an individual to end their life in a dignified way should not be taken lightly and it is important to put in place appropriate safeguards to protect vulnerable individuals from family members, doctors, politicians and potential stakeholders, who may wish to terminate their lives for their own ends. Equally, we need to be certain that if an individual expresses a desire to end their life, they do so coherently and not in an emotional or disturbed state of mind. With safeguards in place, why would we block a decision to end the life of a person experiencing unbearable pain, with no possibility of relief, and poor quality of life? We regard ourselves as a compassionate and civilised society and yet sufferers of many incurable diseases, such as Locked-in Syndrome and Alzheimer’s are condemned to endure prolonged agony, often against their will. Suffering needlessly is wrong and people should be free to put an end to their torment. Accordingly, I appeal to you to use your position and influence to change this outdated, insensitive and cruel law. Yours faithfully, Sasha

 

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