After a mother and son were arrested for encouraging an assisted suicide, we ask, should it be made legal?
On August 8th 2013, Sussex Police arrested a 65-year-old mother and her 25-year-old son on suspicion of encouraging or assisting the suicide of the woman's husband. It is alleged that they planned to take the 'vulnerable' man to Dignitas clinic in Switzerland to commit suicide.
In the UK, Euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal. Mik Scarlet believes that this is the way it should be because assisted suicide is wrong and allowing it will create a slippery slope leading to death being seen as 'the easy way out' alternative to proper treatment.
Peter Squires, however, thinks that people should be allowed to die with dignity, and therefore legalising assisted suicide will help prevent unnecessary suffering and grants free choice to those who deserve it.