Sunday January 19, 2020

We must recognise the right to die

There are no easy answers in the right-to-die debate, but people experiencing intense suffering deserve certainty.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

9th August, 2015
Gail O'Rorke, who was acquitted on all charges of assisting the suicide of Bernadette Forde. Picture:

Having voted overwhelmingly to support gay marriage, it is easy to forget that Ireland only abolished the offence of ‘buggery’ between consenting adults in 1993.

Yet while the state no longer tries to dictate how we have sex, or who we marry, it still stands in our way when it comes to our choices about death.

This is a gross infringement of our right to autonomy and self-determination; but it is one that is...

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