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The myth of autonomy and assisted suicide

The myth of autonomy and assisted suicide

In cases of assisted suicide, do patients really have rational autonomy? In their recent article in The Psychiatric Times, Psychiatrists Dr. Ronald Pies and Dr. Cynthia Geppert challenge the commonly-held belief that patients who request assisted suicide are acting...

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Press release: Statement on demonstrations outside Parliament

Press release: Statement on demonstrations outside Parliament

On Monday we asked the campaign group promoting Baroness Meacher’s Assisted Dying Bill to join us in discouraging demonstrations outside Parliament during tomorrow’s Lords debate. This is because the issue particularly affects elderly and disabled people who are at...

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Canadian Physician says ‘Assisted Dying Destroys Hope’

Canadian Physician says ‘Assisted Dying Destroys Hope’

In an open letter to the House of Lords, Dr. Paul Saba, a Canadian family physician writes, "As the United Kingdom House of Lords debates the legalization of assisted dying, as a family physician from Montreal, Canada, I want to warn the British not to go down this...

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Nearly 1700 doctors take a stand against assisted suicide

Nearly 1700 doctors take a stand against assisted suicide

Nearly 1700 doctors have written to Health Secretary Sajid Javid to oppose the legalisation of assisted suicide. The letter states that the refuse to take the lives of their patients, and for the sake of doctors and patients throughout the country ask that the law...

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Don’t protest assisted suicide says APPG

Don’t protest assisted suicide says APPG

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dying Well – which is leading the campaign against assisted suicide in Parliament – has today issued a call to its supporters asking them not to protest the Second Reading debate of Baroness Meacher’s Bill on Friday. The group has...

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Disabled People and Assisted Dying

Disabled People and Assisted Dying

Assisted suicide proponents have made several claims about assisted dying and disability in attempts to suggest that disabled persons support a change in the law and such legislation would be compatible with respect and support for the disabled community. The reality...

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Covid and the cynical betrayal of the elderly

Covid and the cynical betrayal of the elderly

In his latest article, Simon Caldwell discusses how the Covid-19 pandemic exposed deep and disturbing prejudices against the elderly, disabled, and seriously ill. Such prejudices, he says, should present a warning to society of potential future threats to vulnerable...

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Assisted suicide is neither painless nor dignified

Assisted suicide is neither painless nor dignified

Dr Joel Zivot, an associate professor of anaesthesiology and surgery at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, uses his medical expertise to discuss the reality of assisted suicide in his recent article in The Spectator. While proponents of assisted suicide...

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Responding to the BMA vote on Assisted Suicide

Responding to the BMA vote on Assisted Suicide

Responding to the BMA vote on assisted suicide, Danny Kruger MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dying Well, said: “That even the most activist doctors group could not muster a majority for neutrality on assisted suicide shows just how unpopular it...

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Watch the highlights: APPG 7th September

Watch the highlights: APPG 7th September

Last week we ran an APPG meeting focussing on the experiences of doctors in jurisdictions where assisted suicide and euthanasia have been legalised. Watch the highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPePLAj52yw

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WATCH: Euthanasia, a slippery slope?

WATCH: Euthanasia, a slippery slope?

Euthanasia, A Slippery Slope’ is a 2020 film by Bruno Aguila. Through interviews with medical professionals working in palliative care, oncology and psychiatry in Belgium, this film examines how assisted suicide and euthanasia is radically changing medical practice....

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Next APPG Meeting Tuesday 7th September

Next APPG Meeting Tuesday 7th September

The APPG on Dying Well promotes access to excellent palliative care and stands against the legalisation of assisted suicide in the UK. We are holding a meeting online on Tuesday 7th September at 7pm. In our next meeting we will be hearing about medical professionals’...

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WATCH: An Appeal from Dr Miro Griffiths

WATCH: An Appeal from Dr Miro Griffiths

Dr Miro Griffiths MBE speaks about the grave dangers the Assisted Dying Bill poses to disabled people and implores Parliament to reject it....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3-ZA1C-5mg

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Charles Moore: Assisted suicide, not assisted dying

Charles Moore: Assisted suicide, not assisted dying

In The Telegraph, Lord Moore writes: "There is something strange in our culture which resists almost any attempt to kill an animal, yet is increasingly relaxed about killing a human. Next month, Lady Meacher’s Assisted Dying Bill will be debated in the House of Lords....

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Euthanasia isn’t progressive

Euthanasia isn’t progressive

Writing in the critic, James Mildred recounts the experience of Tom Mortimer, whose mother was euthanised in Belgium by doctors who had deemed her depression as "untreatable". He points to the undeniable evidence of a slippery slope in other jurisdictions whether...

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WATCH: APPG for Dying Well Meeting on 15th July

WATCH: APPG for Dying Well Meeting on 15th July

In our latest meeting, three presenters, all of whom are disabled, considered Baroness Meacher's Assisted Dying Private Members Bill from very different perspectives and viewpoints. Each presenter tested the arguments for a change in the current law and whether the...

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Delta Hospice Society envisions new private MAiD-free facility

Delta Hospice Society envisions new private MAiD-free facility

“No government money, no government land, no government interference, and most importantly – no government forced killings!” read the society’s statement on its new plans. In an article for the Western Standard, Lee Harding reports on the Delta Hospice Society's new...

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Don’t legalise assisted suicide

Don’t legalise assisted suicide

James Gillies writes in the critic that "euthanasia leads to a culture of death that endorses suicide". "As a society, we rightly view suicide as an awful tragedy, and something to be prevented at all costs. No citizen should be affirmed in the idea that their life...

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Next APPG Meeting 15th July 5pm

Next APPG Meeting 15th July 5pm

We are delighted to invite you to our next online meeting on the 15th July at 5pm. This is an unmissable event and first of its kind, especially those with interests in science and technology, medical innovation, mechanical engineering, human ethics and...

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Doctors criticise assisted dying bill in Scotland

Doctors criticise assisted dying bill in Scotland

Hundreds of health care professionals from various specialities have signed a letter to Health Secretary Humza Yousaf criticising an assisted dying law in Scotland. The letter was sent as part of a campaign by Our Duty of Care (ODOC) and includes signatures from David...

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Next APPG Meeting on Wednesday 16th June

Next APPG Meeting on Wednesday 16th June

The APPG on Dying Well promotes access to excellent palliative care and stands against the legalisation of assisted suicide in the UK. We are delighted to invite you to our next online meeting on the 16th June at 5pm in which we will be joined by the Secretary of...

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Liberals and atheists can also oppose assisted dying

Liberals and atheists can also oppose assisted dying

Sourced: The Economist, Kevin Yuill Back in 2018, Kevin Yuill, lecturer in history at the University of Sunderland in the UK, and author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalisation, wrote an excellent piece in the Economist arguing that being...

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Suicide is not something to be encouraged or assisted

Suicide is not something to be encouraged or assisted

Source: Politics Home, authored by Baroness Ilora Finlay It may sound compassionate to embed assisted dying practices within health care. But it’s also dangerous. The House of Lords is once again being asked to look at a Private Member’s Bill proposing so-called...

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Normalising euthanasia can be dangerous

Normalising euthanasia can be dangerous

Author:  François Trufin, sourced from MercatorNet A Belgian nurse explains some of his experiences Euthanasia: Searching for the Full Story: Experiences and Insights of Belgian Doctors and Nurses would be a bargain at any price, but it is free to...

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Truths and Half Truths about Assisted Dying

Truths and Half Truths about Assisted Dying

Living and Dying Well have recently published a booklet that examines the statements made by the campaigning group Dignity in Dying in answer to a number of ‘key questions’. Truths and Half Truths about Assisted DyingDownload

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Podcast: Assisted Dying and The Law

Podcast: Assisted Dying and The Law

This week, Living and Dying Well released their latest podcast in which Robert Preston unpacks how, and why, the current law on 'assisted dying' works. https://youtu.be/Eyav9RVaseA

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Letter to the Lord Chancellor signed by 70 MPs and Peers

Letter to the Lord Chancellor signed by 70 MPs and Peers

On 25th April 70 MPs and Peers signed a letter written to the Lord Chancellor, the Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, outlining their concerns about renewed calls to change the law on assisted suicide in the UK. Dear Lord Chancellor, We are writing to you to outline our...

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Essay: How France lost her dignity

Essay: How France lost her dignity

A civilisation that legalises euthanasia loses all right to respect Michel Houellebecq writes UnHerd's weekend essay in response to a proposal to legalise euthanasia currently being considered by the French National Assembly. Read the full article here.

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Why should we keep the current law?

Why should we keep the current law?

Sourced from: CARE What about personal choice?  The pro-euthanasia and assisted suicide lobby emphasise the importance of personal choice and autonomy. Shouldn’t patients have the right to end their lives? Dignity in Dying patron, Sir Patrick Stewart has argued...

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Assisted Suicide – is this really a role for doctors?

Assisted Suicide – is this really a role for doctors?

Sourced from: Living and Dying Well This autumn at its annual conference the British Medical Association will consider whether it should maintain its opposition to what is being called ‘assisted dying’, which in law is assisted suicide  The debate will take...

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A New Book

A New Book

A new book has been published which anyone who is interested in understanding the subject of 'assisted dying' - rather than just trading slogans about it - would be well advised to read.  The authors are two people (Baroness Ilora Finlay and Robert Preston) who...

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BMA ‘assisted dying’ poll takeaways

BMA ‘assisted dying’ poll takeaways

Sourced from: Care Not Killing Beneath the headline grabbing top-line numbers lies a complex picture of medical opinion on the question of whether they should be empowered to end patients’ lives The results of the British Medical Association's membership survey on...

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A Grave warning from Canada

A Grave warning from Canada

Sourced from: Living and Dying Well Three leading palliative care physicians have warned legislators across the world about the dangers of MAID in  a new research paper published in the World Medical Journal. In April’s edition of the World Medical...

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Polling: A House of Cards

Polling: A House of Cards

Sourced from: Care Not Killing In 2019 the Populus poll, commissioned by Dignity in Dying (formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society), asked respondents: 'Currently it is illegal for a doctor to help someone with a terminal illness to end their life, even if the...

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