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Terry Pratchett comes out in support of assisted suicide

16 July 2009

Terry Pratchett, the popular fiction author, has spoken in support of the legalisation of assisted suicide. In an interview with Britsh Humanist Association, Mr Pratchett said: "Either we have control over our lives or we do not. I don't believe that life is a gift from God, because I don't believe there is a god in the sense that people think of that." Mr Pratchett was speaking ahead of a debate on assisted suicide expected next week as part of the government's Coroners and Justice bill. [International Humanist and Ethical Union, 30 June] Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "It is striking that many of the people who either want or who campaign for assisted suicide are people with a heightened concern for control over their own lives. Allowing assisted suicide would actually remove control from vulnerable people by exposing them to coercion, either implicit or explicit."

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