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Assisted dying is an ethical minefield and not just a matter of personal choice

Geoffrey Whaley, who took his own life this week at the Dignitas clinic, with his wife Ann


A change in the law would put the vulnerable at risk 

On Thursday, Geoffrey Whaley took his own life in the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. He was 80, and suffering from motor-neurone disease which had made him physically almost completely helpless. In a letter to Members of Parliament, published posthumously, Mr Whaley spoke of the “anguish” which he and his wife Ann had suffered last week because, after an anonymous tip-off, police had interviewed her under caution. They feared she might be breaking the law which forbids helping someone commit suicide. According to press reports, the police have since dropped the case. Mr Whaley’s dying wish – the reason he wrote specifically to MPs – is for…

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