Lord Falconer’s phoney war continues

Nov 21, 2014 by

By Peter Saunders, CMF: Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill reached Committee Stage in the House of Lords on Friday 7 November. It seeks to legalise assisted suicide (but not euthanasia) for mentally competent adults (aged over 18) with less than six months to live, subject to ‘safeguards’ under a two doctors’ signature model similar to the Abortion Act 1967. Opponents to the Bill had tactical choices: either to try to kill the bill dead at second reading on 18 July – as they did with a...

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Assisted dying: judges could decide whether terminally ill should be allowed to die

Nov 8, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Leading opponents of euthanasia have signalled that they could accept a system of assisted dying in which judges rather than doctors take the final decision. Lord Carlile QC and Baroness Butler-Sloss, former head of the High Court Family Division – both vocal critics of the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill – called for judicial safeguards to prevent vulnerable people being pressurised to end their life. They previously warned that the bill...

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Tebbit reveals his disabled wife told him ‘you’d be better off without me’ as he s...

Nov 8, 2014 by

By Daniel Martin, Mailonline: Lord Tebbit today warned disabled people could be put under pressure to ‘do the right thing’ and end their lives if the law is changed to allow the right to die. In a moving speech, the former Tory chairman revealed his wife – paralysed by the Brighton Bomb – had once told him ‘you’d be better off without me’. He said the comment illustrated the way in which a change to the law would put countless people under pressure to end their lives for the sake of their...

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Elderly should be given euthanasia ‘rewards’, say one in 10 Britons

Nov 7, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Anti-euthanasia campaigners say poll shows ‘chilling’ attitudes to elderly ahead of Lords assisted dying debate. One in 10 British people believe elderly people should be offered a “reward” if they opt for assisted suicide, new polling suggests. Anti-euthanasia campaigners said the finding was “chilling” evidence of deep-seated prejudice towards older people from a small but significant minority of the population. They claim that it is proof of the possible dangers...

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Response to Brittany Maynard’s Campaign for Assisted Suicide

Oct 29, 2014 by

By Nancy Valko, Public Discourse: Do assisted suicide supporters really expect doctors and nurses to be able to assist the suicide of one patient, then go on to care for a similar patient who wants to live, without this having an effect on their ethics or their empathy? Do they realize that this reduces the second patient’s will to live to a mere personal whim—one that society may ultimately see as selfish and too costly? Right now, twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard is standing on a...

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The DPP needs to explain to Parliament why she has effectively decriminalised physician assisted sui...

Oct 19, 2014 by

By Peter Saunders, CMF: In an astounding about face for the Crown Prosecution Service, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders (pictured), has today rewritten her prosecution policy so that doctors can now be involved in assisting suicide without fear of prosecution, provided they don’t have a professional relationship with those they ‘help’ (See Daily Mail here and here,  Daily Telegraph,Yahoo, Premier, CT, ES). The move has not surprisingly been welcomed by...

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