Wednesday 22 November 2017

Legalise assisted suicide, says Trek actor

Tim Ross Social Affairs Editor

ACTOR Patrick Stewart says religious opposition to assisted suicide is "selfish".

Stewart, famous for roles from Shakespeare to 'Star Trek', is campaigning for a change in the law to legalise assisted suicide for patients who are terminally ill so that they can be released from "a world of pain and misery".

He was moved to join the campaign for change after the suicide of a friend's wife.

Senior figures in the Church of England, among other faith groups, have condemned the campaign, which is being led by Dignity in Dying, of which Stewart is a patron.

Stewart said: "I find it selfish.

We have freedom of religion in this country, but with that does not go the opportunity, because you are a person of faith, to impose your beliefs on others who do not share them."

"We are campaigning for assisted dying in circumstances where a person is terminally ill and mentally sound, able to make their own choices.

"Where is the ethical problem in a situation like that?

"It's the duty of the state to see that people have a liberty of choice with regard to their own lives." (©Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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