Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Assisted suicide

Sky News held an on-line poll in the last few days.   The question asked in the poll was: ‘Should assisted suicide be legal?’  This, in my opinion, is the height of irresponsible journalism, people were invited to vote either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the question. However, no matter how many votes were cast the numbers appear to have remained at 86 for ‘Yes’, and 14 for ‘No’.    Now, I think that’s rather strange but I also think it shows the danger of such initiatives if they can be manipulated.

The advocacy group ‘Care not Killing’,(CNK) that speaks out against assisted suicide and offers help to those who might be inclined to consider such a situation, is referred to as follows on the Sky website: 
‘[…] But the organisation Care not Killing is opposed to any erosion of the law.  It says vulnerable people who believe they are a burden on others could feel obliged to die.’    
It is at least good to see that CNK gets a mention and thus might be a beacon of hope and consolation to someone.