Assisted Dying

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.

Euthanasia and the Death Penalty: a Dilemma

Andre Langlois | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Andre Langlois

My dilemma is that the same argument can be made against state-assisted dying and the death penalty.

Assisted Death or Assisted Living

Jill Shaw Ruddock | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK Politics
Jill Shaw Ruddock

Our beloved 14 year old cocker spaniel Sammy who has lived for the past six months with senile dementia, blindness, a lack of bowel control and use of his legs, was put to sleep yesterday. With our dog we were allowed to choose when to end his life so that he could die with dignity and achieve a 'good death'. We were not allowed that option with my father.

MPs Debate Controversy Of Assisted Suicide Guidelines

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Politics

MPs are debating the controversial guidelines on assisted suicide which could lead to some people avoiding prosecution for helping someone take their ...

MPs Debate Controversy Of Assisted Suicide Guidelines

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Politics

MPs are debating the controversial guidelines on assisted suicide which could lead to some people avoiding prosecution for helping someone take their ...

MPs Debate Controversy Of Assisted Suicide Guidelines

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Politics

MPs are debating the controversial guidelines on assisted suicide which could lead to some people avoiding prosecution for helping someone take their ...

Assisted Dying: An Issue of Conscience for MPs

Jo Cartwright | Posted 19.05.2012 | UK Politics
Jo Cartwright

The legalisation, or not, of assisted dying is likely to affect us all and the choices we are allowed to make when we face the end of our lives.

Mobile Euthanasia Unit Will Enable People To Die At Home

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 10.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Plans for a mobile euthanasia team to assist people to die at home have been given the go-ahead in Holland, according to reports. The mobile teams ...

Could Assisted Suicide Become Legal In Scotland?

PA | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK Politics

A fresh attempt to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland is being launched today despite defeat just over a year ago. Veteran politician Margo MacD...

Promoting Assisted Dying is Not a Compassionate Response to Suffering

John Glen | Posted 17.03.2012 | UK Politics
John Glen

Those who have known somebody with a terminal illness will know the distress and concern that can be present towards the end of life, and the real vulnerability that exists amongst families in these circumstances.

Memo After a Day Talking to the Media About Assisted Dying

Sir Terry Pratchett | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK
Sir Terry Pratchett

As I understand the guidelines from the Director of Public Prosecutions, a spouse or even a family friend can assist somebody to die if they act out of compassion and love as far as these can be ascertained. Journalists seem to think this is a great concession which we should be happy with. I am not. All that is being tentatively offered means that amateurs will try to help other amateurs to die with, heaven help us, such mechanisms and drugs that they can get hold of. Frankly this is no better than suicide itself.

Assisted Dying: Protecting Those Who Want More Control at the End of Their Lives

Jo Cartwright | Posted 06.03.2012 | UK Politics
Jo Cartwright

An assisted dying law would better protect both those who do want more choice and control at the end of their lives, and crucially those who may be vulnerable and need to be safeguarded.