Assisted Suicide

On Assisted Dying, The Public Is Wiser And More Compassionate Than The Law

Canon Rosie Harper | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Canon Rosie Harper

'The public is wiser and more compassionate than the law.' In The Times's Thunderer column Lucy Wainwright came to this conclusion in response to the ...

English Law on Euthanasia Needs Clarifying

Nick Cartwright | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK
Nick Cartwright

I am not, on this occasion, calling for the legalisation of physician assisted dying. The point I am trying to make is that English law is a mess which leads to secretive practices and a lack of clarity. Wherever the law decides to draw the line between what is lawful and what isn't that line should be clearly drawn so we all know with certainty what our rights are.

Assisted Suicide - The Musical: A Song, A Dance And Maybe A Reason To Live?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

Not many writers of a stage musical would attempt to explore deeply contentious and troubling issues of the day. Big issues don't really lend themselves to up beat song and dance, and most audiences don't usually find themselves clapping along to show tunes with a serious edge...

Assisted Suicide - What's The Big Song and Dance?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

Recently the debate around Assisted Dying has become a cause célèbre and is now one of the hottest topics of the 21st Century. The concept of assisting someone to die if they are terminally ill may seem a no brainer. Making it legal to assist in a person committing suicide if they feel they can no longer carry on, or that they fear what their impending death may bring, is portrayed in the media as a humanitarian act of compassion that any forward thinking caring society would allow.

Live Your Best Life

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

People often say to me 'I am living!' Yes, we are all breathing, waking up in the morning and going to work and doing our best to get by. Yet, I wonder how many of us are merely existing. There is a vast difference between the two. Whilst this is something I have often pondered on (especially since the sudden passing of my mother), this film really brought it home to me.

'Me Before You': Not for Me Thanks

Mik Scarlet | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

It breaks my heart that in the 21st Century an author and publishing company, then followed by an entire movie company, producer, director and cast, feel that the world needs this type of story. Don't create a positive exploration of what is truly possible for disabled people, instead let's just go the for the easy stereotype eh?

I'm Disabled and In Favour of Assisted Suicide, But I Shouldn't Be Able to Use It

Emma Vogelmann | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Vogelmann

I do not have a terminal illness and while when I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (a form of Muscular Dystrophy) the doctors said I likely wouldn't live past the age of four, I have never been told I have less than 6 months to live so the Bill would never have applied to me.

BBC Documentary Sparks Online Debate About Assisted Suicide

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK

A BBC film documenting the months leading up to the death of a man who took his own life in an assisted suicide in Switzerland was lauded across socia...

Businessman Uses LinkedIn To Announce His Death And Funeral Date

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK

A terminally ill businessman is expected to die today after using professional networking site LinkedIn to announce his death and the date of his fune...

Assisted Dying Bill: An Interesting Failure of Representative Politics

Godfrey Bloom | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Godfrey Bloom

These are deep waters for humankind yet on the anti side accusations were being made by crude use of semantics, those in favour of assisted suicide were accused of being weird or ghoulish , usually by those who had not to their immense good fortune yet experienced the lingering painful death of a loved one.

It's Time the Well Stop Telling the Dying How to Die

Bex Felton | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Bex Felton

When my dad first asked us to bring him a Brompton cocktail after two months in the same bed at the specialist respiratory ward, we figured he'd final...

The Waugh Zone September 11, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday September 11, 2015... 1) FORWARD, NOT BACK? It was Jeremy Corbyn’s 99th rally last night and fo...

The Assisted Dying Bill Doesn't Make Sense

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The Assisted Dying Bill is a significant step backwards. When we strip away its euphemisms it is a law to help people who are frightened of pain or disability to achieve a quicker end to their life, with the support of a doctor. It undermines our respect for human life, encourages a disrespectful attitude to people with disabilities and fundamentally changes the role of the doctor.

Ten Myths Told to Convince You Assisted Dying Should Be Legalised

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

As the House of Commons vote on the First Reading of Rob Marris' Assisted Dying bill comes near, I feel it is time for another article on what is a ve...

Life or Death Bill

Grace Thompson | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Thompson

On Friday 11 September, MPs will be voting on a bill. A bill which has had little media attention. A bill which has been introduced by a relatively unknown Labour MP - Rob Marris. And yet a bill which, if passed, will have profound implications for people up and down the country. It is a bill dealing with matters of life and death.

Appointments With Death

John Watson | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK
John Watson

Prosecutions for assisting or encouraging suicide are very rare indeed and Sir Keir Starmer's remark that during his tenure as Director of Public Pros...

Mum Wanted to Die So She Wouldn't Be a Burden - But Convincing Her to Live Gave Us Both a Gift Beyond Measure

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

I will never regret that our law protected her; preventing her from ending her life when she was vulnerable to despair. Those four years we shared were the most precious gift. Without them, Mum would have missed what she described as some of the richest times in her life and we would have missed understanding just what an amazing person she was.

Parliament Must Reject Assisted Dying, and Embrace Better End-of-Life Care

Rob Flello | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Flello

The lobby for assisted suicide has had many advantages on its side - not least money and celebrity backers. Doctors, disabled rights activists, and parliaments around the world have all rejected this step, embracing better end-of-life care. The UK Parliament must do the same.

The Forgotten Issue Behind An Assisted Suicide

Alan Mckenna | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Alan Mckenna

Unlike the campaign for legalising assisted suicide, the campaign for sustainable long term funding for medical research into mesothelioma has struggled to attract publicity, even though it is aimed at finding solutions so that victims such as Bob Cole may have the possibility of an extended life worth living.

Patrick Stewart Backs Assisted Dying To Prevent 'Torture' Of Terminal Illness

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK

Sir Patrick Stewart is supporting the Assisted Dying Bill because to be terminally ill “is a kind of imprisonment and a kind of torture”. The 7...

Caring for the Dying Has Taught Me the Dangers of Assisted Suicide

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Ilora Finlay

As a society we are clear that suicide is not something to be encouraged or assisted. Legalising assisted suicide flies in the face of that. It sends the message that, if you are terminally ill, ending your life is something that society endorses and that you might want to consider. Is that really the kind of society we want?

Palliative Care Services Reform - England Needs to Heed Its Neighbours

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

England has the chance through my Private Member's Bill to improve care. The Bill would require all commissioners to ensure their patient population has access to seven day specialist palliative care services, that patients and their families have a clear point of contact in a crisis, that there is advice available at all times to front line staff caring for dying patients and that such staff have all received core training in good end of life care.

Does the Public Really Understand the 'Right to Die' Debate?

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Simon Stevens

With the prospect of Rob Marris MP's private members bill bringing the possibility of legislation to legalise 'Assisted Dying' back on the table, the question must be asked, does the general public really understand the implications of what this means for everyone involved?

Assisted Dying Could Soon Be Legal In The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics

Terminally ill people could soon be legally allowed to choose when to die thanks to landmark legislation being put before Parliament. Rob Marris, L...

Stephen Hawking Would Consider Assisted Suicide If He Became A Burden To His Loved Ones

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed he would consider assisted suicide – but not before he has “unravelled more of the universe”. The phy...