Agonising death to be legalised in UK

July 2 2007
by Our Correspondent, South Wales Echo

DO doctors, carers and families realise that in October 2007 resulting from the passing of the new Mental Capacity Act, that euthanasia will effectively become legalised in the UK?

People are in ignorance of the implications of this Act that will allow someone with the Power of Attorney to accept, or reject life-sustaining treatment on their behalf it they become incapacitated.

People handing over Power of Attorney will not realise that they may be condemning themselves to die of thirst, if they do not want to prolong their lives, but do they realise that this Law will mean that they may spend days dying in great pain?

Doctor David Stephens, an expert from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, USA, described this death as beginning with extreme thirst, dry mouth, dizziness, unable to stand or sit, and severe cramping as the sodium and potassium concentration in the body goes up, as fluids go down. The patient tries to cry but there are no tears, and lots worse to follow.

Write to your MP asking for a debate on this Mental Capacity Act before it come into Law.

Paul Botto

Information Officer, The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Splott Road, Cardiff