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‘I’m pretty torn on this topic’: Christian MP shares thoughts on legalising assisted dying

by Premier Journalist

Christian MP, David Lammy has been debating the legalisation of assisted dying during his daytime programme on LBC.

The Labour Member of Parliament for Tottenham said he was "torn" due to his strong Christian upbringing and faith adding he was mainly worried about the "slippery slope argument".

"I'm worried that we start somewhere and that it sort of ends up leading to legalised murder," he stated.  

The 50-year-old is concerned that legalising the practice might pressure people from specific socioeconomic backgrounds to seek assisted dying, not because it's what they want or need, but because of financial strain or pressure from their children.

He continued: "I'm thinking of my mother, when she had ovarian cancer, she was terminally ill. And I'm thinking of the way that she worried about the burden that she was to us and as a working-class woman. I'm just worried that certain types of people might find themselves encouraging others to help them go, not because they want to go or should go but more because of the financial burden."

"Not all children are fantastic to their parents…[they might be] placing a burden on parents or encouraging parents to go so they can cash in on the house," he added.

The debate has reignited as a Private Member's Bill is going through Parliament. March saw the first session of the assisted dying inquiry hearing from peers involved with the subject, including those in favour and those opposing it.

In 2015, an attempt to change the law on assisted dying was defeated in Westminster.

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