Earlier this year I was counselling a couple who were struggling to decide whether to abort their expected baby who had been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. Looking back, it felt like a case of assisted living rather than assisted dying. We sat there, at the beginning of a potential life, discussing whether to assist or allow that life to begin.

As a society, we seem quite comfortable with the idea of assisted dying at the beginning of life, but to be struggling with it at the end of life.

Christopher Digby-Bell, London W1