Actress Julie Walters Calls for Debate on Assisted Suicide

by Hannah Punitha on  January 19, 2009 at 8:01 PM Celebrity Health News
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 Actress Julie Walters Calls for Debate on Assisted Suicide
After playing the role of a terminally ill doctor who takes her own life, actress Julie Walters has called for a debate on assisted suicide.

Based on the true story of Anne Turner, the BBC drama details the journey of a retired doctor from Bath who travelled to Switzerland to end her life with the help of euth­an­asia organisation Dignitas.

Walters, 58, said: "I think it should be debated more. I think for Anne it was absolutely the right thing to do.

"She was an intelligent, informed, ­articulate woman who knew exactly what the disease was and had nursed her husband through a very similar ­disease and watched him die.

"She knew exactly what she was doing. It was a very courageous act."

The actress was speaking in London at a press screening of the film, A Short Stay in Switzerland, which will be broadcast on BBC1 next Sunday, reports the Daily Express.

Turner suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare degenerative brain disease. In 2006, she ­travelled to the Dignitas clinic in ­Zurich, as assisted suicide is illegal in the UK.

The drama shows the final moments of her life after she takes a lethal dose of barbiturates.

Frank McGuinness, who wrote the drama, said: "It was never our intention to endorse this practice and it shouldn't be seen that way.

"Both sides of the argument are put before the viewer. This is a process of exploring the issue."

Source: ANI
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