UK Euthanasia

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...

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.

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...

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...

Assisted Suicide 'A Step Closer To Legality'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK

Legislation allowing doctors to help terminally ill patients to die is to come before parliament in the next few months, according to a report. Car...

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.

Why Did Longleat Euthanise Six Lions?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK

A British safari park has defended killing six of its lions, because of a 40% increase in new cubs, after a worldwide outcry. Longleat Safari Park,...

Auf Weidersehn, Pet Kingdom: Good Riddance

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mimi Bekhechi

Harrods' Pet Kingdom will shut its doors for the last time at the end of the month, ending nearly 100 years of shameful animal exploitation, and here at PETA, we couldn't be happier to hear it. In its time, Harrods has flogged every species of animal for the right price

When They Come for You?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Mik Scarlet

If we do begin begin doling out medicine dependent on "societal benefit" how long will it be before we also follow counties like Belgium and euthanize sick and disabled children, as not only are they "suffering" but they will never be useful members of society?

Locked-In Sufferers Take 'Right To Die' Case To Highest Court

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson's widow and a paralysed road accident victim take their "right-to-die" battle for a change in the law to t...

Doctors and Ethics: From the Nazis to Now

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

A physician is supposed to be a healer. Helping patients is so central to the profession's ideal that newly minted doctors take an oath to "do no harm". As a medical student, I look forward to the unique honour and responsibility of taking care of patients; but I'm also conscious of - and frightened by - a darker side of medical history.

Outrage Over Retired Military Dog Deaths

Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Animal welfare experts and MPs have been left "genuinely shocked," by the news that hundreds of retired British military dogs have been destroyed sinc...

Botosani Brutality

Rita Pal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

Botosani is the captial city of Botosani County, in northern Moldavia, Romania. It is largely famed - insofar as it is famed at all - for its ri...

'I Do Not Want To Be A Monster': Belgian Man Dies By Euthanasia After Failed Sex Change Operation

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A Belgian man who was born a woman has died by legal euthanasia after his sex change operations left him with "unbearable psychological suffering." ...

'Animals Should Not Be Tossed Away Like Empty Ammunition Shells'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK

Animal welfare experts have responded furiously to the news that hundreds of military dogs have been put down by the Ministry of Defence in the past t...

'We Don't Let Animals Suffer, So Why Humans?'

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK

Professor Stephen Hawking has spoken in support of assisted suicide for people suffering from terminal diseases. It represents something of a U-tu...

Guard Dogs Put Down After Prince William Leaves RAF Base

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

Two military guard dogs used for protection on the base where Prince William was stationed have been put down after the Duke left the RAF Valley. B...

Valuing Everyone, Or Just the Workers?

Stef Benstead | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Disabled children should be euthanised, according to Cllr Colin Brewer. According to Baroness Warnock, disabled adults should be euthanised. In both cases this is based on the cost to society.

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 ...

Animals Deserve Good Lives - and Good Deaths

Beth Nicklinson | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Nicklinson

Animals have feelings and emotions, and they suffer from pain, disabilities and diseases just as humans do. But unlike my father, who could clearly communicate his wishes through a system of blinking his eyes, animals can't tell us (at least not in human language) that they don't feel well, are in terrible pain or even want to die. They depend on us to notice when something is wrong and to be brave enough to make the heartbreaking-but-humane decision to end their suffering when the time comes.

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 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.

'Living Wills' and the 'Right to Die'

Helen Gaskell | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Gaskell

The lack of a database of 'living wills' is more than merely a statistical concern. As both 'living wills' and LPAs are legally-binding documents, clinicians might find themselves treating individuals who had expressly wished not to be saved with all the complications which might ensue.

Locked-In Sufferer Loses Battle For Right To Die

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.08.2012 | UK

Locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson has lost his High Court battle for the right to end his life when he chooses. Following the ruling Mr N...