UK in Lockdown Over Coronavirus But People Can Travel if They Want Assisted Suicide to Kill Themselves

The UK Health Secretary has said people are legally allowed to travel overseas for an assisted suicide during lockdown.

Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell was fearful the national lockdown in England, which was brought in to save lives, “could deter” people from ending their lives.

But, Matt Hancock told MPs today: “The new coronavirus regulations, which come into force today, place restrictions on leaving the home without a reasonable excuse; travelling abroad for the purpose of assisted dying is a reasonable excuse, so anyone doing so would not be breaking the law.”

Increasing access to suicide during crisis ‘completely inappropriate’

The Health Secretary went even further and added that the pandemic had “shone a spotlight on so many issues” and welcomed further debate on the topic.

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Despite lockdown, UK health secretary says traveling for assisted suicide is ‘reasonable’

(Right to Life UK) The UK Health Secretary has said people are legally allowed to travel overseas for an assisted suicide during lockdown.

Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell was fearful the national lockdown in England, which was brought in to save lives, “could deter” people from ending their lives.

But, Matt Hancock told MPs today: “The new coronavirus regulations, which come into force today, place restrictions on leaving the home without a reasonable excuse; travelling abroad for the purpose of assisted dying is a reasonable excuse, so anyone doing so would not be breaking the law.”

Increasing access to suicide during crisis ‘completely inappropriate’

The Health Secretary went even further and added that the pandemic had “shone a spotlight on so many issues” and welcomed further debate on the topic.

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New Canadian report touts government health care cost savings from assisted suicide

A report submitted to the Parliament of Canada applauds the healthcare cost savings that has resulted from the country’s legalization of assisted suicide. The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) report‘s goal was to provide “greater budget transparency and accountability” on the issue, but it presented people’s deaths in a positive light.

The report was requested by a senator in response to a bill under consideration that would broaden eligibility for assisted suicide. Bill C-7 would allow people to be euthanized even if their death is not expected in “the relative near term.” The goal of the PBO report was to provide “cost estimates” on the bill to help legislators decide if assisted suicide should be easier for Canadians to obtain, while acknowledging the high cost of health care for people who are dying.

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‘Better off dead’: Disability advocates and doctors sound alarm on assisted suicide

Assisted suicide is growing in popularity across the United States — but even as it gains supporters, others are speaking more loudly against it. People in the disability community are fighting back, pointing out how the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia puts their lives at risk.

John Kelly is the regional director for New England’s chapter of Not Dead Yet, a disability rights organization that opposes assisted suicide. In an interview with The Independent, he explained how the support for assisted suicide, both culturally and politically, is troubling for people with disabilities. “I myself am paralysed below my shoulders,” he said.

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