Assisted Suicide

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 14.07.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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 22.06.2015 | 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...

Plight Of Dignitas 'Last Supper' Dad Has Reignited Assisted Dying Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics

Senior politicians are calling for the legalisation of assisted dying, after the high-profile case of Jeffrey Spector, a British man who travelled to ...

Dignitas 'Last Supper' Dad Said Choice To Die Was In His Family's 'Best Interests'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK

A British father who chose to end his life at the Swiss suicide clinic Dignitas said that his choice was in the "best interests" of his wife and three...

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...

Assisted Dying is Just Wrong

Simon Stevens | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

When a sick or disabled person commits suicide, the rules change. There is an unspoken assumption they had a valid reason to do so with people remarking they are probably better off now.

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.

The Welfare Debate Impacts the Assisting Dying Debate

Simon Stevens | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

Securing a positive future for all sick and disabled people will not come from dirty politics and cheap headlines, but rather it will come from putting our differences aside and digging deep to reveal and challenge the prejudices against us, even those from within, that have existed since we were living in caves. Only by doing this will the issues of welfare and assisting dying be framed in a new and positive way.

Terminally Ill Brittany Maynard's Decision To End Her Own Life Was 'Reprehensible'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

A Vatican official has described the assisted suicide of a woman suffering from terminal brain cancer as “reprehensible”. Newlywed Brittany Ma...

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...

Do You Believe in the Death Penalty?

Neil Durkin | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Opinion polls already show slowly diminishing US public support for the death penalty and these high-profile horrors are surely tipping the balance still further... Capital punishment is a botched experiment with justice. If you still believe in the death penalty, it's time to change your mind.

Falconer Bill- A Step in the Right Direction

Pavan Dhaliwal | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Pavan Dhaliwal

Falconer's bill will alleviate the suffering of thousands of people nationwide by respecting their right to freedom of choice. We are clear, however, that in covering only those who are entering the last six months of their lives, this bill continues to restrict the rights of many more people who suffer just as much, but are 'merely' irrevocably ill.

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.

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 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...

'We'd Help Each Other Die'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Entertainment

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have revealed they have made a pledge to help each other die should one of them become seriously ill. The former ...