Channel Islands Humanists statement on assisted dying

By Rachel Taggart-Ryan

As a group, Channel Islands Humanists brings together and represents non-religious people across the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. We call upon islanders to support proposals for legal assisted dying in Guernsey, which are set out in a requête put forward by Gavin St Pier, Chief Minister, and which will be debated by the States on 16th May.

The proposals permit assisted dying will bring a new approach to the end of life care, one based on compassion and respect. It will permit adults who are of sound mind, are terminally ill or, perhaps, enduring incurable, inexorable suffering, the information, the support and the means, to end their life at the time of their choice, subject to certain, stringent safeguards. People who have freely and without coercion determined that they no longer wish to endure suffering may opt for a dignified death. As medical science has become more advanced, so too has our ability to keep people alive for longer than ever before. This development is to be welcomed but it also means that many people end up suffering for longer before they die. Such changes, therefore, are needed more now than at any other time in our history.

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