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on assisted dying
In line with public opinion, Dignity in Dying only advocates assisted dying - not assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia or euthanasia.
- Assisted dying (legalised and regulated in the US States of Oregon and Washington) only applies to terminally ill, mentally competent adults and requires the dying patient, after meeting strict legal safeguards, to self administer life-ending medication.
- Assisted suicide (permitted in Switzerland) allows assistance to die to chronically ill and disabled people who are not dying.
- Voluntary euthanasia (permitted in the Netherlands and Belgium) allows a doctor to administer the medication directly to the patient.
- Euthanasia is a term often used to describe life ending medication being administered by a third party, perhaps without the consent of the patient.
The assisted dying legislation we propose is similar to that in place in Oregon and Washington and would give terminally ill adults choice and control over the timing and manner of their death. It would allow dying adults, suffering at the end of their life the option to substitute a bad death with a good death.
We are not working to change the law to allow people who are not terminally ill the right to assistance to die. If someone is not dying but wants assistance to die because they are disabled, chronically ill or simply tired of life, it is possible that measures could be taken to improve their quality of life. In effect they are substituting a life with a death.
We do not support assisted suicide on demand, and we never provide information on how to end your life. To do so is against the law and while we are working to change the law, we are committed to upholding it.