A Decent Death – London Review of Books

Posted October 14th, 2021 in assisted suicide, human rights, news, prosecutions, suicide by sally

‘The​ law of England and Wales – Scotland’s law is not in all respects the same – has come a long way in my 82 years. Absurdly and cruelly, until the 1961 Suicide Act was passed it was a crime to kill yourself. While those who succeeded were beyond the law’s reach, those who tried and failed could be sent to jail. In the 1920s the home secretary had to release a Middlesbrough woman with fourteen children who had been given three months in prison for trying to kill herself. There is a Pythonesque sketch waiting to be written about a judge passing a sentence of imprisonment for attempted suicide: “Let this be a lesson to you and to any others who may be thinking of killing themselves.” In fact, by the mid 19th century the law had got itself into such a tangle that a person injured in a failed attempt at suicide could be indicted for wounding with intent to kill, an offence for which Parliament had thoughtfully provided the death penalty.’

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London Review of Books, 21st October 2021

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BMA drops opposition to assisted dying and adopts neutral stance – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2021 in assisted suicide, bills, doctors, news, statistics, trade unions by tracey

‘The British Medical Association (BMA) has dropped its opposition to assisted dying and adopted a neutral stance on the issue.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2021

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Assisted dying: Campaigners renewed hope for change in the law – BBC News

Posted August 3rd, 2021 in assisted suicide, bills, news by sally

‘David Peace has motor neurone disease, a terminal illness which gradually affects the brain and nerves.’

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BBC News, 3rd August 2021

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Assisted dying inquiry essential, leading brain surgeon says – BBC News

Posted April 1st, 2021 in assisted suicide, doctors, inquiries, news by tracey

‘One of the UK’s leading brain surgeons, who has advanced prostate cancer, has said an inquiry into assisted dying is “absolutely essential”.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2021

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Paul Lamb: Paralysed Leeds man urges government inquiry – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2020 in assisted suicide, disability discrimination, disabled persons, inquiries, news by tracey

‘A paralysed former builder has called for an inquiry into assisted dying after losing the latest in a series of bids to challenge the law on the issue.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2020

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Covid-19: Assisted dying travel allowed during lockdown, says Hancock – BBC News

‘People travelling abroad for the purpose of assisted dying will not be breaking coronavirus travel rules, the health secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2020

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Call for parliament to review assisted dying law in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2020 in assisted suicide, families, inquiries, news, statute law revision, suicide by sally

‘Relatives of people who have brought legal cases on assisted dying are for the first time making a joint appeal for an inquiry into the current law in England and Wales, saying there is an overwhelming case for change.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2020

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Assisted dying law ‘lacks compassion’, Lord Falconer says – BBC News

Posted March 16th, 2020 in assisted suicide, news, suicide by sally

‘A terminally ill man who campaigned to change the law on assisted dying has won the support of the former head of the judiciary.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2020

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Terminally Ill Dad ‘Thoroughly Disappointed’ As Court Of Appeal Rejects Assisted Dying Case – Each Other

Posted January 31st, 2020 in appeals, assisted suicide, human rights, inquiries, judicial review, news, suicide by sally

‘A terminally ill dad is calling for a government inquiry into the UK’s blanket ban on assisted dying after the Court of Appeal rejected his human rights challenge.’

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Each Other, 30th January 2020

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Paralysed Leeds man Paul Lamb loses ‘right to die’ case – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2019 in assisted suicide, disabled persons, euthanasia, human rights, news by tracey

‘A paralysed ex-builder has lost a High Court bid to challenge the law on assisted dying.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2019

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Terminally Ill Dad ‘Fights On’ After High Court Rejects Assisted Dying Case – Rights Info

Posted November 20th, 2019 in assisted suicide, human rights, news by sally

‘A terminally ill dad has vowed to fight on after the High Court rejected his human rights challenge against the UK’s blanket ban on assisted dying.’

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Rights Info, 19th November 2019

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Law banning assisted dying must be reviewed, say MPs – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2019 in assisted suicide, news, parliament by sally

‘Cross-party group responds to calls by police chief Ron Hogg, who has motor neurone disease.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2019

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Mavis Eccleston, 80, cleared of murdering husband was ‘hung, drawn and quartered’ by police, family say – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 23rd, 2019 in assisted suicide, bereavement, families, murder, news, police, suicide by sally

‘The family of an 80-year-old cleared of murdering her husband in a failed suicide pact claim she was “hung, drawn and quartered” by police who said they would make an example of her.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2019

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Pensioner cleared of ‘mercy killing’ murder of terminally-ill husband – The Independent

Posted September 19th, 2019 in assisted suicide, elderly, married persons, murder, news, suicide by tracey

‘A pensioner has been cleared of the “mercy killing” murder of her terminally ill husband, who died after they both took an overdose last year.’

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The Independent, 18th September 2019

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Assisted suicide: Paul Lamb renews bid for right to die – BBC News

‘A man who lives with chronic and excruciating pain has begun a fresh legal challenge to the law that criminalises assisted suicide.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2019

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Doctors’ body now ‘neutral’ on changing law on assisted dying – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in assisted suicide, doctors, news by tracey

‘The Royal College of Physicians has dropped its opposition to changing the law on assisted dying and taken a neutral stance on the issue.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2019

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Legalise assisted dying for terminally ill, say 90% of people in UK – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2019 in assisted suicide, euthanasia, news by sally

‘More than 90% of the UK’s population believe assisted dying should be legalised for those suffering from terminal illnesses, according to an opinion poll that shows growing support for change to the law.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2019

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Woman who accompanied her husband to Dignitas will inherit his £1.8 million estate, judge rules in test case – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in assisted suicide, forfeiture, married persons, news, wills by tracey

‘A woman who accompanied her husband to Dignitas can claim his £1.8 million estate, a High Court judge has ruled in a test case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2019

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Ep. 63: Whose life is it anyway? Dignity in dying – Law Pod UK

Posted January 29th, 2019 in assisted suicide, news, podcasts by sally

‘Do terminally ill patients have the right to die at the time and place of their choosing, with the attendance of a medical practitioner? The ban on assisted suicide has raised one of the great moral questions of our time. The Chief Executive of Dignity in Dying, Sarah Wootton discusses their campaign to change the law with Rosalind English.’

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Law Pod UK, 28th January 2019

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Terminally ill Noel Conway loses Supreme Court appeal – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2018 in appeals, assisted suicide, human rights, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A terminally ill man has lost a legal battle at the UK’s highest court over his right to die.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2018

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