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MHK Wants to See Change in Law Regarding Assited Dying

Rushen MHK Juan Watterson Says Change Would be Unlikely to Come Until After Next Years General Election

The issue of assisted dying has been brought back into the public focus following a public meeting held on the Island earlier this week.

There was a massive turnout for the debate, the last time it was talked about on the Island was when it was last considered by the House of Keys 5 years ago.

This time around the issue has again caught the attention of MHK’s with some wanting to see a change in the law introduced that would allow assisted dying.

Assisted dying focuses more on the individual who is ill, as apposed to assisted suicide when there are then implications for the person helping the individual to end their life.

MHK Juan Watterson is in favour of a change to the law, but anticipates that one would not come until at least after next years general election.

He said ultimately he is in favour of it as it gives the individual free will and the choice to end their suffering on their own terms.


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