by Ilora Finlay, The Economist, 21 August 2018
We should not forget that laws are more than just regulatory instruments. They also send powerful social messages. An assisted dying law sends the subliminal message, however unintended by legislators, that if we are terminally ill taking our own lives is something we should consider. Changing the social message of the law changes its dynamic. It is hardly surprising therefore that legalisation is inevitably followed by a continuing upsurge in such deaths.
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