Last updated on: 1/7/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Care Not Killing Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Any change in the law to allow assisted suicide or euthanasia would place pressure on vulnerable people to end their lives for fear of being a financial, emotional or care burden upon others. This would especially affect people who are disabled, elderly, sick or depressed….

The present law making assisted suicide and euthanasia illegal is clear and right and does not need changing. The penalties it holds in reserve act as a strong deterrent to exploitation and abuse whilst giving discretion to prosecutors and judges in hard cases.”

Care Not Killing, “What We Do,” www.carenotkilling.org.uk/about/what-we-do (accessed Jan. 7, 2013)

Description:

“Care Not Killing seek to attract the broadest support among the very many in the medical profession and allied health services and in society at large who are opposed to euthanasia. It appeals to those of all faiths and none by adducing arguments based on reason alone, by avoiding any appeals to extremism, and by drawing on and developing a well-researched evidence base.

Care Not Killing brings together professional bodies, charities and faith-based organisations who together set and maintain the strategy of the Alliance. By joining the Alliance member organisations sign up to the above three aims and to collaboration in achieving them, but otherwise retain complete autonomy.”

Care Not Killing, “About Care Not Killing,” www.carenotkilling.org.uk/about (accessed Jan. 7, 2013)

Mission:

“Care Not Killing is a UK-based alliance of individuals and organisations which brings together disability and human rights groups, healthcare providers, and faith-based bodies, with the aims of:
1. promoting more and better palliative care;
2. ensuring that existing laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide are not weakened or repealed;
3. influencing the balance of public opinion against any further weakening of the law.”

Care Not Killing, “About Care Not Killing,” www.carenotkilling.org.uk/about (accessed Jan. 7, 2013)

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