Assisted Dying

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 17.07.2014 | 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 16.07.2014 | 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 15.07.2014 | 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 15.07.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 25.06.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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...

Twin Brothers Choose Euthanasia After Discovering They Were Going Blind

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK

Twin brothers who found out they were going blind have been euthanised by doctors in Belgium, despite not having a terminal illness or suffering from ...

Assisted Dying Campaign Is for Life, for Too Many

Jo Cartwright | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Politics
Jo Cartwright

We have a problem: people are suffering unbearably and needlessly at the end of life because they don't have the choice of an assisted death. Legalising the choice of assisted dying within strict legal safeguards would provide an answer to a real and present problem - and evidence from Oregon and Washington proves that this can be achieved safely.

Religious Reasons for Supporting Assisted Dying

Jonathan Romain | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Romain

Those who find suffering enriching or worth enduring deserve every support, but in whose interest are we forcing a person to stay alive who wishes to die? For me, it is a religious response to say that they have a right to choose to die rather than carry on in pain or indignity.

Jessica Elgot

Vicars And Rabbis Call For Assisted Dying To Be Legalised

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK

More than 50 religious leaders have called for assisted dying to be legalised in the UK, with vicars, priests and rabbis planning to lobby parliament ...

Tony Nicklinson's Widow To Debate Legalising Assisted Suicide

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK Politics

The widow of campaigner Tony Nicklinson is to take part in a proposal to legalise assisted suicide. Jane Nicklinson is appearing in Edinburgh with ...

Tony Nicklinson and the Ethics of Assisted Dying

Andrew Copson | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

His own determined advocacy, the effective use of the media to promote his cause, and the ongoing eloquent, ethical and dignified support of his wife and daughters have guaranteed that Tony Nicklinson's death has not been the end of the public debate he reignited.