Dignity in Dying is the largest UK right to die campaign group. It was formed in 1935 as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society. However, in 2005 it changed its name to Dignity in Dying and restricted its objectives to a change in the law only for those who are terminally ill (meaning having a life expectancy of 6 months or less).
In contrast to this, MDMD provides a focus for those who wish for what we believe is a more compassionate right to die solution than Dignity in Dying advocate. We strongly believe that the 6 month limitation would prevent assistance to die for many who desire it, in particular those suffering from long term degenerative diseases such as MS, MND and dementia.
Friends at the End (FATE) has objectives very similar to those of MDMD, but it is based in Scotland and focuses on a change in the Scottish Law. FATE and MDMD have joint meetings in London every 6 months.
Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist Association) works on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical lives on the basis of reason and humanity. It campaigns for equal treatment of everyone regardless of religion or belief, as well as on a number of ethical issues where humanists are generally of the same view. It has a clear policy on assisted dying which is similar to that of MDMD.
Unlike Humanists UK, MDMD is focused solely on assisted dying. MDMD also does not take a position on questions of religion or belief, but equally works with and represents supporters of all religions and beliefs.
End of Life Choices, Jersey campaign for a change in law in the Crown dependency of Jersey. Their views are very close to those of MDMD.
The Assisted Dying Coalition brings together organisations which share a common view on how the assisted dying law should be changed in the UK. We meet regularly to share experience and support and develop each other’s campaigns.