He also misrepresents what I said about individuals' right to end their own life. No-one is suggesting one person should decide when another should die. That right should only ever be with the individual concerned. Should I ever become incapacitated to the point that I have no control over my bodily functions, I would like a quick and painless death administered by a trained medical professional. I certainly would not want my life prolonged because of the attitude personified by Dr Watt and his Christian allies.
I find it strange that Mr Watt says I am a part of the "death lobby" then goes on to accuse me of intemperate blustering. It requires tremendous mental gymnastics to use such a loaded and emotive term as "death lobby" then say I am the one who is being intemperate. He should look at who the most vocal opponents of the assisted suicide bill are: the Free Church, the UK Life League, Christian Voice, Repent UK and the Catholic Church. These groups fit the very definition of religious cranks.
In a letter otherwise supportive of the assisted suicide bill, Malcolm Ewen (Letters, 26 January) correctly identifies one of its main risks: that it will reduce medical research and the availability of palliative care.
However, to identify a problem is not to solve it. Killing will always be the quickest and cheapest solution to serious illness. If allowed as a treatment option, it will inevitably undermine other, costlier responses.
DR STEPHEN WATT