Hollywood actor and former Galway resident Martin Sheen is an ardent campaigner against assisted death.
We’ve spoken frequently on the programme over the years about end-of-life decisions. We’ve interviewed doctors and various spokespeople about HOW sick people should die and what control they should be allowed over their own death.
And we’re all going to 'go' someday, so it’s an interesting debate to have.
There was a very 'thought-provoking' radio documentary on the BBC World Service recently about this very subject. It was entitled When Assisted Death Is Legal and the presenter was British comedienne, actress and disability rights campaigner Liz Carr.
She travelled to the five countries in the world where assisted death is legal, namely Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the States of Oregon and Washington in the United States.
It was a fascinating documentary, especially as Liz is a campaigner AGAINST assisted suicide in the UK. She wanted to visit these other places to see if she is right to be concerned and could anything change her mind.
She joins Derek from the BBC studios in London to tell us what she uncovered... For more information about the documentary, visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014dkq5.