Assisted dying law risks becoming 'state-approved self-extinction', Boris Johnson warns

By July 23, 2014 Recent News

MailOnline 23rd July 2014
A law to allow assisted suicide for the terminally ill could become ‘state-approved self-extinction’, Boris Johnson has warned.
The London Mayor said plans to allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to anyone who could ‘reasonably be expected to die within six months’ could mean some people come under pressure to end their lives too soon.
Mr Johnson warned ‘life is precious and our psychology fragile’ and any change to the law must be made with caution.
On Friday peers will debate a law allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to terminally ill patients judged to have less than six months to live.
The legislation has been drawn up by Lord Falconer, a former Labour Lord Chancellor who served in Tony Blair’s Cabinet.
The Church of England has urged Lord Falconer to drop his Bill in favour of a Royal Commission into the issue.