Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Assisted dying "should be banned across Europe"

The Catholic Herald reported on Monday on a Council of Europe ruling that euthanasia and assisted suicide "must always be prohibited" in every country across Europe.

The Council of Europe cannot pass legally binding laws but has a role of "harmonising human rights laws" across Europe and thus fostering European integration.  Thus this resolution is a question of influencing rather than legislating, but Simon Caldwell at the Herald writes that it "will help to define the principles that should govern the application of living wills across its member states" and thus help governments resist pressure to legalise euthanasia or assisted suicide. 

Mr Caldwell describes it as "a major set-back" to assisted dying campaigners in the UK.  Let us hope so.

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