Right to die
The cabinet in the UK was recently reshuffled. A new minister for Health Anna Soubry promptly came out to say, 'I think it's ridiculous and appalling that people have to go abroad to end their life instead of being able to end their life at home.' Using the words 'ridiculous' and 'appalling' on a subject where the moral arguments are finely balanced and when getting things wrong can result in horrific out comes in both directions probably wasn't a good idea but the fact that there are ministers on that side of the debate is interesting.
For the record I think we should keep the law against assisted suicide, while realising that some people are living a horrendous nightmarish existences, because, making assisted suicide legal (i.e. the person who helps the person concerned to die won't be prosecuted for murder) could cause older or infirmed people to feel a pressure to stop being a 'burden on society' and to suicides that aren't actually suicides.
There is also a problem, if people can ask to die in hospital, that you are expecting doctors and nurses to kill people on a regular basis.
Daily mail article. More papers should show full length images of ministers. It's always good to know what ministers are wearing as they make the important decisions.
BBC item. Film will play automatically.
Edit: Edited for clarity