Putting doctors above the law
Lawful euthanasia would follow the model of lawful abortion: no doctors are ever prosecuted.
Euthanasia denied to two paralyzed British men
Two severely paralyzed British men have lost a High Court case to allow doctors to end their lives without fear of prosecution.
Don’t be fooled, it’s mainly about money
Today, according to the Sunday Times, Lord Falconer (pictured) will publish his new bill on assisted suicide. In line with the recommendations of his sham ‘Commission on Assisted Dying’ he will push for doctors being given the power to help mentally competent adults with less than one year to live to kill themselves.
Victory for euthanasia foes in the UK
The British Medical Association has voted not to change its stand on assisted suicide from opposition to neutrality.
Hard cases, great cases, and bad law
The UK case of the plight of Locked-In suffer, Tony Nicklinson, who is seeking to ‘change the existing understanding of the common law’ on assisted suicide (effectively, murder) is by any rendering a hard case.
UK locked-in patient may set dangerous euthanasia precedent
Legal action brought by a locked-in syndrome sufferer, who wants a doctor to be able to end his ‘intolerable’ life lawfully, can go ahead following a judge's ruling today. The Ministry of Justice had previously argued that the case should be struck out on the grounds that it is a matter for Parliament, rather than the courts, to decide. But the judge's ruling today means that Mr Nicklinson's case will go to a full hearing, where medical evidence can be heard.
The Dignity in Dying blog has opted for assisted suicide after apparently suffering unbearably
The Uk's Dignity in Dying blog has opted for assisted suicide after apparently suffering unbearably from a terminal condition.
UK withdrawal of treatment case threatens disabled
Radio Four’s recent File on Four programme, ‘A Living Death’, featured four case histories of people with serious brain damage. They included Ian Wilson, an Aberdeen man in his 50s, who suffered a severe head injury in a road accident 21 years ago and is now the longest surviving patient in the UK with vegetative state. He is looked after at home by his 83 year old mother. A second patient with the same diagnosis had died after a court ruled that food and fluids could be withheld.
Will British Medical Assoc spurn “bogus” commission on assisted dying?
Former Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer (pictured) appeared on the Radio Four Sunday programme this morning. His controversial ‘commission on assisted dying’ will begin to consider the ‘evidence’ it has gathered this coming Wednesday.
Is it ethical for the BBC to broadcast a suicide?
Care Not Killing, an British alliance of over 40 organisations, has called on the Uk’s Secretary of State for Health and the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, to carry out an urgent investigation into the way assisted suicide is covered by the BBC and its link to English suicide rates.
BBC to broadcast Swiss suicide
The BBC’s decision to screen a man's dying moments at the Dignitas suicide facility in a documentary fronted by Terry Pratchett has already come under heavy criticism. A five-minute sequence in the BBC2 programme, due to be shown on 13 June, shows celebrity author Pratchett witnessing Peter, a British man in his early 70s who has motor neurone disease, taking his own life at the controversial Swiss facility.
London Times errs in backing assisted suicide
The Times newspaper has this week devoted two whole pages and an editorial to the pro-assisted suicide cause just as Dignity in Dying (formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society) is launching its latest propaganda barrage on parliament with the mailing of a new booklet to all MPs and Peers.
Disabled people fear change in UK assisted suicide law
LONDON: Changing the law on assisted suicide would put pressure on disabled people to kill themselves, according to new research. The new Comres poll found that 70 per cent of disabled people were concerned that such a change would lead to ‘pressure being placed on disabled people to end their lives prematurely’
Hullo, how can we help you today?
Why is an offshoot of a UK euthanasia pressure group launching a ‘how-to-die’ helpline?
A UK suicide shows that the slippery slope is alive and well
According to the Sunday Times, an 84-year-old British woman committed suicide at a Swiss facility last month because she did not want to die of old age. Nan Maitland (pictured), who suffered from arthritis but was active and not terminally ill, left a note saying she wished to escape the 'long period of decline, sometimes called "prolonged dwindling", that so many people unfortunately experience before they die'.
UK Doctors consistently oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide
A review of research carried out over 20 years suggests that UK doctors appear to consistently oppose euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS). The findings -- which appear in the latest issue of the journal Palliative Medicine, -- highlight a gap between doctors' attitudes and those of the UK public.
Hullo, hullo! Is anyone listening?
The UK lobby group Dignity in Dying (formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society) has been very quiet lately but it appears it is now attempting to build momentum for its next attempt to change the law to allow so-called ‘assisted dying’ (a euphemism for euthanasia and assisted suicide).
Report on shameful care of UK elderly could inflame euthanasia debate
A harrowing report on care for the elderly has accused the UK hospital system of lacking care and compassion and failing to meet even the most basic standards of care.
The UK’s bogus commission
Here’s an alternative view of the UK’s recently-formed Commission on Assisted Dying. It plans to investigate assisted suicide and euthanasia and come up with an objective answer. Poppycock, says London Telegraph columnist George Pitcher.
Commission on assisted suicide slammed for lack of independence
A stalwart supporter of assisted suicide in the UK, Lord Falconer, the former lord chancellor, will chair a commission to investigate whether it should be legalised.
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