Essay: Euthanasia and assisted suicide – the UK experience

As details of the Nazi euthanasia programme became well known in the years following the Second World War it is not surprising that discussion about legalising euthanasia in the UK died down. However the Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation Society, which had been formed in 1935, kept up the pressure. A debate in the House of Lords in 1950 met with overwhelming opposition. However the Society gained strong backing from Professor Glanville Williams, an eminent and influential lawyer who supported the medical killing of patients who were enduring a miserable life, even if natural death was not imminent. . .

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