A number of prominent disability activists in the UK have been warning in the British media over the last few days that Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill is dangerous and puts people at risk.
This includes nine-time paralympian and holder of 11 paralympic gold medals and now British Peer, Tanni Grey-Thompson in a recent article in the UK Daily Telegraph. She was joined by other activists, including EPC Europe Director, Kevin Fitzpatrick OBE and Baroness Jane Campbell in an open letter criticising Falconer's Bill.
The letter says, in part:
“Why is it that when people who are not disabled want to commit suicide, we try to talk them out of it, but when a disabled person wants to commit suicide, we focus on how we can make that possible?
“We believe that the campaign to legalise assisted suicide reinforces deep-seated beliefs that the lives of sick and disabled people are not worth as much as other people’s; that if you are disabled or terminally ill, it’s not worth being alive.
“Disabled people want help to live – not to die.”