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Dignity and Dying

1st February 2016

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Although the UK Parliament recently voted against assisted dying with a notably sizeable majority, much confusion remains around the issue. In particular, campaigners for physican-assisted suicide have made a great play for the idea of dignity, on the alleged basis that dignity is predicated on little more than choice.

By placing the assisted suicide debate in a wider context of what it means to be a human being - living and dying - this essay, written by Andrew Grey, seeks to show how a true and complete understanding of humanity allows us to go beyond a debate about independence, rights and choice, and affirm a truly dignified life and death for people.

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