My Death, My Decision
is a right-to-die campaign organisation that wants to see a more compassionate approach to dying in the UK, including giving people the opportunity to have a medically assisted death if that is their considered choice (assisted dying).
We believe that medically assisted dying should be available to all mentally competent adults with incurable health problems that reduce their quality of life permanently below the level they are willing to accept, provided this is their own persistent request.
Unlike Dignity in Dying (the largest UK assisted dying campaign group), we do not think this option should be restricted to those who are terminally ill with a prognosis of 6 months or less. Many people are left incurably suffering for longer than 6 months. Doctors are not always able to give an accurate 6 month prognosis. Doctor opposition to the 6 month criterion was one of the reasons why recent attempts to introduce assisted dying legislation was rejected. Find out more…
We seek to work with the medical community and legal experts to agree a workable set of safeguards which will protect vulnerable people, while allowing personal autonomy to those who feel their life is complete and no longer wish to endure their worsening conditions, preferring the option of assisted dying.
My Death, My Decision (formerly SOARS, The Society for Old Age Rational Suicide) was established in the UK in 2009, by Michael Irwin, a former GP, Medical Director of the United Nations, and chairman of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (which has since become Dignity in Dying). MDMD is a member of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.