Assisted Suicide – do hard cases really make poor law?

John Wyatt Talk 3rd Nov 2015

John Wyatt Talk 3rd Nov 2015

The current season of Bible and Science talks continues on Tuesday 3rd November, when our speaker will be Professor John Wyatt, who until recently was Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College London, and is also the author of “Matters of Life and Death” (IVP).

His subject is “Assisted Suicide – do hard cases really make poor law?”

There have always been people who have had to struggle with chronic ill-health.  Nowadays, thanks to modern medical science, we live longer than previous generations and degenerative diseases are more prevalent.  It is thought that almost a million British people live with dementia or other debilitating diseases. Still more fear such things might happen to them and some wish to take control of the timing and manner of their death. The call to legalise assisted suicide is back on the political agenda.  Polls suggest that a majority of the public would be in favour of such a change to the law, and religious opposition is seen simply as another example of ingrained conservatism.  Doctors, however, do not want to terminate life and there is also strong opposition from disabled people who fear that a right to die would soon become a duty to die, as has happened in parts of Europe where euthanasia and assisted suicide have become legal. Professor Wyatt will discuss these issues.

For those of you who have attended talks regularly over the last few years, and know that we have frequently met on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, please not that there will NOT be a talk on Tuesday 20th October.  We hope to see you on 3rd November, 8pm at Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace, Worcester WR1 3JS.  Do feel free to forward this email to any friends you think would be interested in coming along too.

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