Editorial

Why deny others the right to escape a painful life?

23 June 2019 - 00:00 By SUNDAY TIMES

Right-to-die activist Sean Davison's detractors may feel the law has caught up with him after he pleaded guilty to three counts of murder this week. In fact, it is limping woefully far behind him. Three people who were suffering intolerable anguish and could not end their own lives turned to him for help. Each of these people was of sound mind and retained full agency in the decision. Each of their families spoke in defence of Davison.

The microbiologist and father of three demonstrated extraordinary compassion for the suffering of the people he helped to die. But the law, having failed to recognise and accommodate assisted suicide, pressed his actions into the mould of a horrible crime...

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