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euthanasia by the back door?(Comments RSS)


Ministers are considering plans to let adults appoint someone who could block life-sustaining treatment if they were too ill to do so themselves.
The Mental Capacity Act, which comes into force next year, gives people the chance to appoint someone who can instruct a doctor on their behalf.

Under plans to implement the act, they would need to indicate if this included powers to refuse life-sustaining care.

But critics have said the proposals amount to "back-door euthanasia".
Read the full BBC story, "New powers over death considered", here:-

I often wonder who the "critics" are, just as I often would like to meet the ubiquitous "they", who seem to be responsible for so much.

And it's easy for all and sundry to trot out the usual, tired exclamation of: "It's such-and-such-bad-thing by the back door!" And they often do.

But why on earth are these critics claiming that this proposal to allow "powers to refuse life-sustaining care" is euthanasia by the back door? It's clearly not. It's euthanasia crashing through your front garden in a sodding articulated lorry.

That's what it is.

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