Jane Campbell on Lord Joffe and euthanasia

Guardian Unlimited: Stop trying to kill us off

In today’s Guardian, Jane Campbell, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, uses a wheelchair and uses help from personal assistants provided by the local authority, attacks Lord Joffe’s proposed euthanasia law “Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill” as feeding into the lack of knowledge (or ignorance or prejudice) of those who think they “could never live like that” or think people so disabled would be better off dead:

Proponents of the bill claim that such criticisms are nonsense: the bill is only intended to help that small minority who, in a similar situation to me, do not think as I do but want to die. While conceding my right to choose life, Lord Joffe deliberately ignores the factors that contribute to my choice. I benefit from excellent medical care. I live in an adapted bungalow, and my local authority provides proper care support that enables me to choose my own personal assistants. I am not dependent on family and loved ones. I love my good life. Lord Joffe, it appears, does not. In 1999, as a member of the royal commission on long-term care for the elderly, he issued a minority report with one other member, saying that social care support should not be free at the point of delivery.

Also see Danny Kruger in yesterday’s Telegraph.

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