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Assisted dying: is the Bill safe?

Assisted dying: is the Bill safe?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a digital-only ThinkIn.

The question of whether to allow someone to end their life the way they choose was, for a long time, a hypothetical one. Here in the UK, it has now become very real, as the Assisted Dying Bill just had its second reading in the House of Lords. Those in favour argue movingly that a change in the law is a progressive and compassionate step. Those against say that the risks of abuse are just too high. Is it possible to design legislation that reduces that risk enough as to be deemed safe? Is the medical establishment ready for the change should it come? 

editor and invited experts

James Harding
Co-founder and Editor

Baroness Meacher
British life peer, former social worker, and sponsor of the Assisted Dying Bill

Dr Catherine Forest
physician and medical director, California

Fiona Patten
MP for the Northern Metropolitan Region and Leader of the Reason Party, Australia

Paul Butler
Bishop of Durham

Trevor Moore
Chair, My Death My Decision Campaign

Zoe Marley-Hyatt
Campaigner