Tuesday 6 December 2016

Live and let die: we are condoning suicide if we permit assisted suicide

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Tom Curran with Marie Fleming in 2013. Photo: Garry O’Neill
Tom Curran with Marie Fleming in 2013. Photo: Garry O’Neill

Tom Curran, partner of the late 'right-to-die' campaigner, Marie Fleming, has stepped up his campaign to have assisted suicide legalised in this and other countries.

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In a lengthy interview with the 'Irish Examiner' on Monday, he revealed that he helped Marie - who was in the advanced stages of multiple sclerosis - to kill herself. He also revealed that he has helped around 200 people in Ireland, in Britain, and in various other parts of Europe to plan their own suicides. He said he doesn't know what subsequently happened to many of these people.

The admission that he has given this sort of advice to around 200 people is absolutely remarkable. It means that Curran has made himself a freelance administrator of suicide advice, thereby condoning the act of suicide in certain circumstances. At the same time, we are trying to reduce our suicide rates.

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