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David Gauke: Compassion favours allowing a right to die

Posted On: 5 Dec 2021   |   Posted By: Conservative Home

David Gauke is a former Justice Secretary, and was an independent candidate in South-West Hertfordshire at the 2019 general election.
The last time the House of Commons voted on assisted dying, I was absent. It was a Friday and I had a longstanding constituency engagement and, truth be told, I was in two minds about it. Instinctively, I favoured giving people autonomy over how they ended their lives as they reached their end but I worried about the risks to the vulnerable who felt pressured.
In the years since, I have regretted not re-arranging my constituency engagement and voting for reform. I missed my chance as a legislator to contribute to changing this law but others now have the opportunity and it is clear that minds are being changed.
Michael Forsyth's testimony is striking. He tells of how he had always felt hypocritical in voting against assisted dying because, when it came to it, he might want it for himself. What finally changed his mind was a conversation with his dying father. When Michael said...

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