The Daily Telegraph splashed this morning on a very significant poll conducted by YouGov. More than 80 percent of those polled agreed that relatives of terminally ill people, who had made it clear they wanted to die, should not be prosecuted for assisting in their deaths.
Three quarters of those polled said the law should be amended to allow assisted suicide.
The Telegraph also reports on the upcoming lecture by author Sir Terry Pratchett, an Alzheimer sufferer, who will call for assisted suicide “tribunals” that would give the terminally ill permission to end their lives. In this week’s Richard Dimbleby Lecture, he will offer himself as a test case for just such a tribunal.
One hopes that Sir Terry will also take into account the plight of those who are desperately and incurably sick.