Campaigner aged 91 joins right to die rally
Cambridge campaigner, 91-year-old grandmother Pamela Milne is to lobby Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday, July 4) calling for a change in the law to allow people to die with dignity.
Pamela, of Hills Road will be welcomed by Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert at the House of Commons when she joins hundreds of other supporters from across the country for her first rally.
She is backing the event called by pressure group, Dignity in Dying which names actress, Zoe Wanamaker among its patrons.
Dignity in Dying, in partnership with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life has launched an assisted dying Bill for consultation.
Mrs Milne said: “I think it is very cruel to leave terminally ill people suffering for many weeks and maybe months when they are dying. I don’t understand why they can’t be allowed to ask a doctor to put them out of their misery. We don’t allow animals to suffer in this way.
“I want to ask Julian why former petitions on assisted dying appear to have gone through the House of Commons but have been stopped by the House of Lords.”
Mrs Milne will travel by train to Liverpool Street and is even contemplating taking the underground to complete the final leg of her journey to Westminster.
She said of her journey: “It will be a bit of an effort, but I believe so strongly in the cause that I would like to be there.”
Mrs Milne will attend the group’s annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre before going to meet Julian and other MPs at the House of Commons.
Julian said: “I am really looking forward to meeting Mrs Milne and talking about this vitally important issue.
“I have every sympathy for her views on this matter. This is such an important issue. We have control over every aspect of our lives why shouldn’t we have control over how we die providing there are sufficient safeguards in place?
“I cannot condone allowing people to suffer when they have little quality of life and they have taken a conscious and well-thought out decision about their situations to make informed choices.”