The Channel Island is set to consider taking its first steps towards legalising assisted dying. But the details are more complex than you might thinkby Theodore Stone / May 16, 2018 / Leave a comment
The right to die remains one of the most socially and politically controversial debates within our society. The number of failed legal cases, pleading for the right to die on individual terms, are . No matter how many have campaigned for a change in the law on assisted suicide, none have yet borne fruit in Britain.
This may be about to change.
In a surprising turn of events, the Channel Island of Guernsey is set to consider taking its first steps towards legalising assisted dying, via a (the equivalent to a private members bill) the island’s senior-most politician, alongside six of his colleagues.
If the island’s People’s Deputies (MPs) vote in favour of the now-reduced legislation, it is expected that a working party would be set up to develop ways of making assisted dying work in Guernsey—but without a set deadline, with the island’s President of the Policy and Resources Committee (the equivalent to Chief Minister) and primary supporter, Gavin St. Pier, admitting that the process could take “years.”