Who is most likely to use the Death with Dignity law?
The debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia is a passionate one, and a subject that polarises public opinion. There are a few places where assisted death is already legal. Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Oregon and Washington States in the US all have laws permitting assisted suicide or euthanasia in some form.
In this two-part documentary for the BBC World Service, actress and broadcaster Liz Carr goes on a personal journey to all six places to see how it works. As a long-standing campaigner against assisted suicide legislation in the UK, she wants to find out what assisted death means in practice – and whether she's right to be concerned.
In part two, Carr visits the Netherlands, where she meets the group behind the 'mobile euthanasia units' which hit the headlines last year, and asks whether a law on voluntary life-ending procedures might open the door to involuntary ones. She also visits Oregon and Washington State in the US, where she finds out who is most likely to use the Death with Dignity law, and hears about the cancer patient whose health-care plan refused to pay for chemotherapy – but offered assisted suicide instead.
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Assisted death is legal in some form in five countries. Liz Carr sees how assisted suic...
Assisted death is legal in some form in five countries. Liz Carr sees how assisted suicide and euthanasia laws work in practice.