Monday, 10 October 2005

Lords' Euthanasia Bill

A Private Member's Bill has been introduced in the House of Lords, which if passed, would permit doctors to prescribe, but not administer, lethal drugs.

Lord Joffe, the peer who introduced the Bill, said:

"It's really very similar to an insurance policy - that they will all be individuals, who are used to controlling their lives and who are strong and determined about what they do and how they manage their lives,"

This Bill is certainly a step in the right direction. I'm not sure if the government should pass legislation to permit euthanasia. Certainly the government shouldn't pass any law that outlaws it.

From the perspective of libertarians, a person owns their life. Therefore they should have the right to terminate it if they choose. No libertarian government should ever outlaw suicide.