In assisted suicide, a doctor helps the patient, who takes an active role in ending their life. For example, the doctor might prescribe a lethal dose of medication, and the patient can decide when and where to take it. Photo: Shutterstock In assisted suicide, a doctor helps the patient, who takes an active role in ending their life. For example, the doctor might prescribe a lethal dose of medication, and the patient can decide when and where to take it. Photo: Shutterstock
In assisted suicide, a doctor helps the patient, who takes an active role in ending their life. For example, the doctor might prescribe a lethal dose of medication, and the patient can decide when and where to take it. Photo: Shutterstock
Hon-lam Li
Opinion

Opinion

Hon-lam Li and Joe Y. F. Lau

Physician-assisted suicide should be allowed in Hong Kong, out of compassion and respect for human dignity

  • It’s time to reopen the debate about assisted suicide for those who are terminally ill and suffering unbearably, in order to respect a patient’s own decision to end their life

In assisted suicide, a doctor helps the patient, who takes an active role in ending their life. For example, the doctor might prescribe a lethal dose of medication, and the patient can decide when and where to take it. Photo: Shutterstock In assisted suicide, a doctor helps the patient, who takes an active role in ending their life. For example, the doctor might prescribe a lethal dose of medication, and the patient can decide when and where to take it. Photo: Shutterstock
In assisted suicide, a doctor helps the patient, who takes an active role in ending their life. For example, the doctor might prescribe a lethal dose of medication, and the patient can decide when and where to take it. Photo: Shutterstock
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Hon-lam Li

Hon-lam Li

Hon-lam Li is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, and deputy director of the Centre for Bioethics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Joe Y. F. Lau

Joe Y. F. Lau

Joe Y. F. Lau is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Hong Kong.