BBC sceptic looks at assisted dying

Michael Cook
25 Feb 2013
Reproduced with Permission

BBC World Service features a very interesting documentary on assisted dying. Disabled actress and broadcaster Liz Carr visits all the six jurisdictions where it is already legal: Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Oregon and Washington state.

She is a staunch opponent of legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia in Britain and she discovered that she is right to be concerned after interviewing people in all these places.

Part One. In Switzerland, Ms Carr visits the place where volunteers help people die; in Belgium she meets a doctor who admits to performing euthanasia before it was legal; and in Luxembourg, she discovers that the law on assisted suicide caused a constitutional crisis.

Part Two. Carr visits the Dutch group behind the "mobile euthanasia units. In Oregon and Washington State she investigagtes who is most likely to use the Death with Dignity law.