By Fergus Walsh
Cambridge scientist Stephen Hawking is backing the Assisted Dying Bill which is being debated by peers on Friday.
The 72-year-old cosmologist said it was “discrimination against the disabled to deny them the right to kill themselves that able bodied people have.”
He said safeguards would be needed to ensure the person truly wanted to die.
Lord Falconers’s bill proposes allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to terminally ill patients judged to have less than six months to live.
More than 130 peers have put their names down to speak.
The Bill would enable doctors to help patients die by prescribing a lethal dose of drugs.
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