Desmond Tutu, one of the world's most eminent religious leaders, has made an extraordinary intervention in the debate over assisted death, by backing the right of the terminally ill to end their lives in dignity. Writing in the Observer, the 82-year-old retired Anglican archbishop, revered as the "moral conscience" of South Africa, says that laws that prevent people being helped to end their lives are an affront to those affected and their families. Full story >>
Assisted dying is the suicide of a person afflicted by an incurable disease, using a lethal dose of drugs provided by a physician for this purpose. • Some people opine that with good palliative care there is no need for assisted dying.