Right to Die

Supporting Choice At The End Of Life

Fran Springfield | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK
Fran Springfield

This is not about the beginning of euthanasia for disabled people. This is not the start of a slippery slope. This is not about coercing disabled people to die. It is about enabling people to have a choice. We can refuse further treatment for an illness, we can refuse to take medication.

Sex Abuse Victim With 'Incurable' PTSD Allowed To Die By Lethal Injection

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK

A woman in her 20s who suffered sexual abuse as a child has been permitted to undergo euthanasia in the Netherlands. She was given a lethal injection ...

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...

Consider Evidence, Not Emotion or Off-The-Shelf Opinion, on 'Right to Die'

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

I don't bulk-buy my opinions. I don't rely solely on emotion, polls of the general public or even the views of "people like me", to determine my position on where the balance of the law should rest. I consider the evidence.

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. ...

Tutu Speaks Out On Right-To-Die

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK

Desmond Tutu has become the latest high-profile figure to come out in favour of a change in the law on the right to die, days before a House of Lords ...

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...

Things the Future Will Hate Us For: #1

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK
Ben Gwalchmai

We know we're on the cusp. As a species, we almost always are. But in the beginning of the 21st century - as everyone's favourite ex-rocker scient...

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.

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...

Gay Marriage And Abortion Legislation 'Misuse Science'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK

The Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury is to say Britain is at a "crossroads" over whether to accept guidance on issues like same-sex marriage and abortion...

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.

Hospital Wins Court Battle To Withhold Treatment From Brain Damaged Man

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK

A High Court judge has allowed a hospital trust's request to withhold life-saving treatment from a severely brain-damaged Muslim patient if his condit...

Locked-In Sufferer's Widow Calls On Campaigners To 'Carry On What Tony Started'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK

Tony Nicklinson's widow has said she hopes people will continue to campaign for a change in the law on assisted dying following her husband's death. ...

Right To Life Muslim Man 'Should Be Resuscitated' Until Next Hearing

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK

The case of a severely brain-damaged Muslim man at the centre of a High Court battle over his treatment has been adjourned for his doctors to consider...

Lawyers Will Still Appeal For Right To Die

PA | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK

Lawyers representing a second locked-in syndrome sufferer - who lost his High Court action on the same day as Tony Nicklinson - announced today that t...

"He Was Gutsy, Determined And A Fighter To The End"

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK

Tributes have been paid to locked-in sufferer Tony Nicklinson, who died "peacefully at home" after contracting pneumonia. His daughter Laura tweete...

Locked-In Syndrome Sufferer Tony Nicklinson Dies

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK

Locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, who last week lost his legal challenge for the right to end his life with a doctor's help, died at home i...

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...

Euthanasia: From the Greek εὐθανασία Meaning 'Good Death'

Sophia Moseley | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sophia Moseley

From the day you are born, even though your shoulders are no broader than a 12" ruler, you carry a burden of responsibility of which most are unaware until they reach the other end of their life.

Tony Nicklinson 'Condemned To Suffering And Indignity'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK

Locked-in syndrome victim Tony Nicklinson is being condemned to live in a state of suffering and indignity by the current law of assisted suicide and ...

'No Happy Endings' For Locked-In Sufferer, Says Wife

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK

The wife of a man with locked-in syndrome who is fighting for his right to die at the High Court said on Tuesday there will be "no happy endings" to t...

Crossing the Rubicon: Tony Nicklinson's Assisted Suicide

Clare Johns | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK
Clare Johns

I knew that Tony's was the first right-to-die hearing of its kind. Whereas previous cases have clarified the law on the assisted suicide, Tony's case goes further - it represents a fundamental challenge to the law on murder. "The court", says Mr Justice Charles, who allowed Tony's case to proceed, "is being invited to cross the Rubicon."

Two Locked-In Syndrome Sufferers To Take Right To Die Pleas To High Court

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK

Two locked-in syndrome sufferers who find their lives "undignified and intolerable" are to take their right-to-die pleas to the High Court on Tuesday....

'Let Our Dad Die' - One Family's Fight for Assisted Dying

Sally Beck | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Beck

'We're fighting for the right for Dad to die. Everything that we want we want to be regulated and to be strict, it shouldn't be easy. It should be really difficult to make sure that people aren't being coerced, that people are of sound mind and that it is what people want to do, but it should be possible.'