"With the Assisted Dying Bill, Lord Joffe is currently attempting to introduce Britain's first right to die legislation. Would you support such legislation if it included satisfactory requirements?"
David Davis: “No. I do not believe that sufficient safeguards could be built into the system to avoid the possibility that patients may have changed their mind or may feel they could be a burden on their family and therefore believe they should die. This is a fraught area of moral and legal complexity but I do not believe people have a right to die.”
Editor's Comment: "Reassuring answers from both contenders. For all the reasons stated in Rowan Williams' recent piece - a right-to-die quickly becomes a duty-to-die for many very disabled, very sick and other vulnerable people. The way to resist creeping euthanasia is to support palliative care and the hospice movement."