Hugh Grant has said he agrees with the assisted suicide campaigner Dr Ann McPherson, who died last week, on giving people the right to die. The actor is patron of healthtalkonline.org, a website and charity founded by Dr McPherson.
Talking to the newspapers, Hugh Grant commented,
She’s right on assisted dying. That seems to me like the dignified option. I don’t know quite what she wanted in her last few weeks, but she was a great champion of the right to die in a dignified manner, which it seems she did. If you are around someone who you love, who says they want to die, and they say enough’s enough, you would look on that with great sympathy. A person who is compos mentis should be allowed to die rather than be kept alive and in pain, and without having to go off to Switzerland.
Grant became one of the charity’s patrons after his mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Grant has also become a patron for her campaign group, Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying.
I don’t think the idea of assisted suicide is as easy and straightforward as Hugh Grant makes out. It’s a horrible place for family members to be in, it can be selfish, and it WILL be dangerous in the wrong hands, if it is ever legalised – which I sincerely hope it isn’t.
It’s well worth listening to those who are disabled and terminally ill, who have said not too long ago that if assisted suicide were legalised, many would feel pressurised to end their life prematurely.
I completely understand the difficult situations these people might find themselves in. And I can only imagine the pain that some of them go through. But I don’t think suicide is a viable path to take. Every day is a gift, and that’s why it’s called the present; none of us have any right to take our lives away. It doesn’t do justice to those around us, or ourselves.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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