Dutchman Theo Boer, a European regulator of assisted suicide, has warned the UK not to go down the road of introducing it into law.
Boer told MPs that assisted suicide is a slippery slope towards mass killing of the sick and he urged the UK not to do it, saying that 'once the genie is out of the bottle, it is not likely to ever go back in again.'
A bill, introduced by Labour peer Lord Falconer, is currently making its way through the UK Parliament and is scheduled to come back before the House of Lords next week. If passed it will allow doctors to prescribe poison to terminally ill and mentally ill alert people who wish to kill themselves.
Mr Boer spoke about his experiences in the Netherlands where the number of assisted deaths has doubled in just six years and there are real fears that the law is being abused.
Mr Boer, a supporter of euthanasia in the past admitted that he was 'wrong - terribly wrong, in fact' to have believed regulated euthanasia would work. He also said, 'I used to be a supporter of the Dutch law. But now, with 12 years of experience, I take a very different view.'
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