Letter to Elin Jones, Member of the Welsh Assembly for Ceredigion


Dear Elin,

I am surprised, and alarmed, to hear that the Welsh Assembly will be debating the issue of assisted suicide on Wednesday. Moreover, the motion seeks to approve the principles set out in Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill.

This is all very dangerous. How can a one-hour debate deal properly with such life-changing legislation? If approved, what terrible message will this send to the rest of the UK?

As Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, the foremost expert on the issue in Wales, has repeatedly stated, if assisted suicide is ever legalised, the medical profession will be irrevocably changed, for the worse. Wales should be championing palliative care, not doctor-assisted voluntary euthanasia. The elderly and the vulnerable need assisted living, not assisted dying.

I would urge you to attend the debate and I sincerely hope you will vote against it.