Dying wishes

Have your say

For the record, I was Margo MacDonald’s parliamentary assistant for 15 years and worked closely with her in the preparation of both bills which sought to change the law on assisted suicide.

While understanding that as a disability rights campaigner, David Reilly (Platform, 15 January) will seek to protect and promote the needs of some of the most vulnerable in society, it is disingenuous to suggest that somehow, if the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill passes, disabled people should fear being put under threat to end their lives.

There is a clear legal process to be followed, commencing with the completion of a pre-declaration of intent, which has to be witnessed by someone who is not a family member or a medic involved in any care of the person.

The form must then be lodged with the GP where a discussion would take place, and at this initial stage any queries or concerns will be raised. This single step alone would ensure that anyone, able bodied or otherwise, who wishes to have absolutely nothing to do with this bill will do so.

However, by continuing to conflate the right of someone to live, a right in which I would support him wholeheartedly, with the ­potential right of someone to have a further choice about how they might die – under a specific set of circumstances – places unnecessary fear in the minds of those Mr Reilly, and others wish to protect.

Peter Warren