Assisted Dying

Sir Bruce Forsyth Speaks Out In Support Of Assisted Dying

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sir Bruce Forsyth has spoken out in support of assisted dying, saying that if he had Alzheimer’s disease or dementia he would would like the right t...

Sir Terry Pratchett Speaking About Assisted Dying Will Move You To Tears

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK

Sir Terry Pratchett died on Thursday after a long and debilitating battle with a rare form of Alzheimer's at the age of 66. His death was announced...

Why the Church of England, As a Matter of Principle, Is Opposed to Assisted Suicide

James Newcome | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
James Newcome

Every person's life has an intrinsic value regardless of circumstance. Whatever they themselves or other people may think of their 'value' to society, and despite any apparent lack of productivity or usefulness, nothing can alter their essential significance as human beings. To agree that some of us are more valuable than others when it comes to being alive would be to cross an ethical Rubicon.

Our Right to Choose When We Die Is Widely Curtailed for Very Good Reasons

Michael Wenham | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Michael Wenham

The truth is our right to choose is widely curtailed for very good reasons. We're not free to drive as fast as we choose, or in what direction we choose, or to smoke wherever we choose. The reason is the public good, to protect the vulnerable. It's simply untrue that suicide affects no one else. Nor is it true that assisted dying is a purely personal matter.

Until You've Wheeled a Mile In My Shoes...

Mik Scarlet | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Please before you pass judgement on anyone's quality of life, stop and think. Don't just claim "I couldn't cope", as I really think you could. Pain, like many other trials in life, can be beaten. It can be medically treated and psychologically mastered, with help, and so we need to have a sensible debate on quality of life before we go any further down a road that may be very hard to come back from.

The Majority Of Doctors Have A Pretty Clear Opinion On Assisted Dying

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK

Fewer than one in five doctors would be willing to help patients end their lives, according to a new poll. Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill - wh...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Was Putin Behind The 'Act Of Terror'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 18 July 2014... 1) WAS PUTIN BEHIND THE 'ACT OF TERROR'? Yesterday, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was...

Five Reasons Why the Assisted Dying Bill is Long Overdue

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

The Assisted Dying Bill is long overdue because we can't keep forcing people to die in pain and misery against their will, or pressuring the terminally ill into committing gruesome acts of suicide as a last resort. We must realise that the right to life includes the right for individuals to make an informed decision to die in the way that they perceive to be the most dignified.

Doctors Fear That Right-To-Die Law Will Mean 'Death Squads'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

Changing the law on assisted dying could create "death squads" of doctors forced to administer euthanasia to patients, a health professor has warned. ...

Why Is It Only the Bishops Who Get a Say On Assisted Dying?

Bob Morgan | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The House of Lords is soon to debate Lord Falconer's Bill to allow doctors, or someone else in the medical profession, to assist people to end their lives if they are likely to die within six months and choose to end their lives.

Give Me the Right to Live, Not Die

Simon Stevens | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

On Friday the Lords will debate the 'Assisted dying bill' and I am one if many disabled people that has been vocal in their opposition to this dangerous legislation, that is likely to be the starting point to the normalisation of 'mercy killings' and a societal pressure upon sick and disabled people to 'do the right' thing.

The Ground Is Shifting on Assisted Dying

Jo Cartwright | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK
Jo Cartwright

The reason it appeared that disabled people, healthcare professionals and people of faith were opposed to a change in the law was that leaders of these groups were unfairly misrepresenting the majority... This Friday these issues will be discussed at length in the House of Lords.

Ex- Archbishop's Dramatic Change Of Heart On Assisted Dying

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has given a boost to the campaign for a change in the law on assisted suicide by announcing that terminally...

Is the Choice to Be Killed the Same as Choosing a Car?

Rev Dr Malcolm Brown | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Rev Dr Malcolm Brown

How many Parliamentarians who will shortly debate the Falconer Bill on assisted suicide are people with wide enough life experience to empathise with those who see more choice as a threat and not a blessing? How many subscribers to the BMJ put themselves, day by day, into the shoes of people for whom consumer choice is someone else's luxury, even if their editor chooses to use his journalistic position to make a ruling on behalf of ethicists everywhere?

Assisted Dying and Religion

Bob Morgan | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Bob Morgan

I support the idea of the patient having the option to ask for a lethal dose of drugs to end that suffering - at least that is what I would like to have as an option should I find myself in that position.

Assisted to Die or to Live?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Today the Supreme court ruled against right to die campaigners Paul Lamb and Jane Nicklinson in their latest attempt to change the current laws on assisted suicide, and I must admit I am relieved. I know that might sound heartless, and there are many voices who cry about their suffering and choice, but a recent stay in hospital made me realise that there is a wider issue behind the assisted suicide debate.

When "No" Means "Yes" For "Your Own Good"

Mik Scarlet | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Last week the House Of Lords debated Lord Faulkner's Assisted Dying bill. The bill argues that that people with six months or less to live should be able to call on the medical profession to assist them to die, as an act of mercy for those who are suffering...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Nick Vs Nigel

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 26 March 2014... 1) NICK VS NIGEL Tonight, 7pm, live, it's Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage on...

The Story of a Boy Who Nearly Wasn't

Mik Scarlet | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

After a short stay in hospital, to allow Joyce to recover from the delivery, mother and son came home. Waiting for the boy was a tiny Luton Town football strip, and a house full of love. However baby Michael, for it had been decided to name the new born after his father, would not stop crying.

Assisted Dying - Who Makes the Final Decision?

Jo Cartwright | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Jo Cartwright

Assisted dying was an idea I was aware of as I was growing up and one which seemed to make logical sense - if you are dying you should have control over the suffering that sometimes comes with that process. Then, at university, I worked as a healthcare assistant, mainly in palliative care. It was then I was forced to face the reality of our current cruel laws.

A Means to an End - An Analysis on the Assisted Dying Debate

Maggie Shinder | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Politics
Maggie Shinder

Assisted death is a complicated issue and for many people it is frightening to imagine the state a person must be in if they no longer want to live. But this does not mean the matter should be ignored or hidden from public debate.

Not in My Name

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

After spending a long gruelling day on a press junket discussing my views the issue of assisted dying and a new survey carried out by Benenden Health ...

We Need to Talk More Openly About Dying

Joe Levenson | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Levenson

If we were all able to discuss our end of life wishes and make plans in a more confident and better-informed way it's likely we would see huge improvements in people's experiences at such an important time for them and those close to them and that we would be less scared of dying.

Dignity in dying

Heather Pratten | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Pratten

At the moment people who help a loved one to die are investigated afterwards & since DPP guidelines were issued to treat these cases with compassion in 2009, there have been no prosecutions of people assisting a loved one to die indirectly.

Right-To-Die Campaigners Bring Fight To Court Of Appeal

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK

Right-to-die campaigners, spurred by fight of locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, are to bring the issue yet again to the courts, as his wido...