SPUC concerned at Sky assisted suicide documentary
10 December 2008
SPUC concerned at Sky assisted suicide documentary London, 10 December 2008 - Concern has been expressed about the ethics of tonight's Sky documentary which follows the assisted suicide of a man at the Dignitas suicide centre in Switzerland.
Anthony Ozimic, political secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), commented: "We are concerned that focusing upon one particular case will have a disproportionate effect upon the debate on assisted suicide, skewing viewer's perceptions. Many people, including patients themselves, often don't know that palliative care is highly successful in alleviating the symptoms of motor neurone disease. Craig Ewert's fears about his quality of life and the effect on his family could have been properly addressed with correct medical advice and full personal support. We fear the documentary will obscure the broader issues of how allowing assisted suicide devalues human life and endangers the vulnerable. "Many terminally ill and disabled people, and the vast majority of medical professionals, are opposed to legalising assisted suicide. Assisted suicide sends a message to the terminally ill that caring for them is a waste of time, that their lives are no longer worth living and that they are better off dead. "Assisted suicide also sends a message that no one really has dignity unless they have the option to be poisoned. Killing is not a valid answer to human suffering or a perceived loss of dignity. Every human being has equal and absolute dignity simply by being human. Assisted suicide makes a mockery of our laws on equality."