Assisted Dying differs from both euthanasia and assisted suicide. The campaign for Dignity in Dying relates to mentally-competent adults with a terminal illness who, they suggest, should be allowed to take lethal medication to end their life, provided legal safeguards are in place.
The issue has been very much in the news of late, but legislators are reluctant to allow the terminally ill such a choice for fear that the freedom might be abused. As a result, a dying person remains unable to bring an end to his suffering.
Surveys have repeatedly shown that a majority of the population support some degree of legalised assisted dying, including disabled people. Most recently, a poll carried out for YouGov found that 78% of those who attended a place of worship at least once a month, support the legalisation of assisted dying.
With the law assaulted by challenges in the courts and a groundswell of opinion towards relief of suffering, it can only be a matter of time before progress is made in this sensitive area.