BBC Bias in Favour of Assisted Suicide Must End
On Wednesday 10th February, the BBC aired a disturbing documentary entitled “How to Die: Simon’s Choice”. The documentary followed a 57 year-old motor neurone disease sufferer, Simon Binner, in the months prior to his assisted suicide at a Swiss suicide clinic last October.
The disturbing documentary has rightly been criticised by the anti-suicide group, Care Not Killing, who said that it “risks skewing what people think about assisted suicide and sidelines alternatives, such as hospice and palliative care.”
“It gives the impression that if you’re disabled or terminally ill your life is somehow worthless and you should kill yourself. Suicide is the biggest killer of young men in this country and the more it is normalised, the more people will think of it as a way out.”
As their spokesman said “We should be doing everything we can to stop suicide not advertise it.”
The BBC has denied that they are promoting euthanasia however, claiming that the film does not “serve to support either argument or intend to wholly represent the debate”.
Yet the film still manages to create the deeply disturbing impression that living with a serious disability is so intrinsically undignified that the right thing to do might be to end your life. This view is deeply offensive to the many people who are living with terminal and degenerative conditions, and utterly fails to recognise and respect their dignity.
The BBC should apologise to those people whom its documentary implicitly characterises as living an undignified life and must air a documentary of similar length which affirms the value of the terminally ill by airing someone who, despite their disease, loves life and rejects assisted suicide.
Sign this petition to the BBC demanding that, in the interests of journalistic responsibility, they air an opposing view; that they air a documentary about someone who is terminally ill but deeply opposes assisted suicide.
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