Sir Terry Pratchett film on assisted suicide

14/06/11

A controversial BBC film on assisted suicide broadcast last night showed the death of a British man with motor neurone disease at Dignitas in Switzerland.

Sir Terry Pratchett travelled to the clinic and watched as Peter Smedley, a 71-year-old hotelier from Guernsey with motor neurone disease, took a lethal dose of barbiturates.

The experience did not change the mind of the 63-year-old author, who has been a campaigner for the right to assisted suicide since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Assisted suicide is illegal in the UK, but it is legal in Switzerland, where the law does not prevent it provided it is carried out altruistically.
 

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