While I respect his view I look back to my Mum who died in 1975 as an example why things must change. I briefly replied to his email thus;
My Mum died aged 58 when I was just 23. She had suffered a series of strokes, had numerous health issues and all but her body had died. She had what would probably be called locked in syndrome these days.
Assisted dying is not an easy subject but reform is needed. The fine detail of any reform is important.
The bill up for debate Friday would, if passed into law, allow people with less than six months to live to die from a prescribed a lethal dose of drugs, with medical supervision, but which only they are allowed to take.
It is not difficult to see the potential problems such a law could throw up but leaving things as they stand right now should not be an option.
Yes people beat the odds; yes some people want life at any price.
Currently however those with the financial means and will to die leave the UK to travel to a Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland and die on their terms; should their only option be dying in a foreign land?
With a family member who has had terminal leukaemia for more than 17 years, was told by her doctor that he could not cure her but could control the disease and remains a woman with a huge zest for life I readily accept that tight regulations should be put in place.
Ultimately the right to die with dignity should be an option but I fear there will be more procrastination.
One view at the Guardian; This assisted dying bill is unsafe and unworkable – parliament must reject it.
The result of the vote: The bill was defeated in a free Common's vote - 118 MPs voted in favour and 330 against.
Related reading at NEWTEKWORLDNEWS;
Assisted suicide, dying with dignity
Nicklinson family and Paul Lamb lose latest right to die challenge
How many more Bob Coles will die in Swiss clinic
Stephen Hawking advocates right to die
Geraldine was suffering from terminal cancer. She was not in pain at the time, as her treatment with steroids was working but that could and would have changed. She knew her prognosis was that the illness would kill her. Geraldine did not want to suffer the indignities and pain which she knew must come. She wanted to take control of the end of her life and have an assisted suicide.
She was not able to do that in the UK.
This meant that her final days were a whirl of gathering the necessary documents and paperwork together so that she could travel to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland and die peacefully, at a time of her choice.
Watching the last interview with Geraldine was poignant and raised a mixture of feelings. It was all the more sad knowing that she had died finally the day before the interview was aired.
Geraldine said, "I would like to die where and when I want to die with the people around me that I choose. It's important for my family to be with me. And that's a difficult thing to do in England. You have to go somewhere else".
Before her death Geraldine wrote an open letter, some of which she was seen reading on British breakfast news. In it she said, "It's too late to change the law for me, but please, if you care about this issue at all please make our voices heard. I appreciate that it is a difficult subject, but when dying cannot be avoided, let us be compassionate enough and tolerant enough to respect choice."
Although assisted suicide in the UK carries a tough sentence a more lenient approach is usually taken; but it depends on the circumstances. The letter of the law says, "Assisted dying is illegal in England and Wales under the Suicide Act 1961 and is punishable by up to 14 years in prison".
In 2014 Geraldine's family joined others calling on the UK government to change the law on assisted suicide and allow people to die with dignity. Her family broke their three-year silence to urge politicians debating assisted suicide to make the right choice.
Assisted suicide was back in the news in late May 2015 following the death of Briton Jeffrey Spector, 54, a father-of-three who was the latest UK assisted suicide at the Swiss Dignitas Clinic.
Almost four years after the death of Geraldine McClelland little has changed regarding assisted suicide in the UK
Mr Spector was facing an uncertain future due to an inoperable tumour at the base of his spinal column. He admitted jumping the gun but said the idea of ending up paralysed from the neck down had motivated him to act. His family did not agree with his decision but accepted it was his life.
Images of him sharing a final family dinner were shared online.
But Mr Spector would not have qualified for assisted suicide by a cocktail of prescribed drugs in the UK even if the Dignity in Dying bill were law. He was not yet terminally ill.
The Independent reports "A spokesperson for the campaign group Dignity in Dying said: “No one should be forced to travel abroad to have the death that they want, yet sadly one Briton a fortnight is doing so in the absence of an assisted dying law in the UK. “We know that people are doing so at a time earlier than they would have if assisted dying was a legal option in this country, due to the arduous task of traveling abroad in ill health. It cannot be right that we force people to suffer against their wishes, or to take drastic and desperate measures behind closed doors.”
If the law is changed doctors in England and Wales will be able to prescribe "life ending drugs for terminally ill people with less than six months to live."
Scotland is having its own end-of-life debate.
Opinion: Whilst we all want to protect the vulnerable in society from harm, the law needs to be reassessed. Times change. No right-minded person believes that we should play god but we do that in a way now that we are developing new treatments which artificially extend a person's life, when in reality the end is nigh or past.
The last interview with Geraldine was both a sad and a heart-warming tale. You have to consider, if she had a fur coat, that is were an animal such as a dog, we would euthanise. That breaks an animal lover's heart but so does watching it suffer. We choose the kinder approach for our pets but yet seem unable to do so for our human loved ones.
Is the UK finally ready for change?
Dignity in Dying
Position Statement on Assisted Suicide