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Lady Lucan Coronor’s Suicide Verdict – Fear of Parkinson’s Disease

The Telegraph reports that the coroner investigating the death of Lady Lucan in September 2017 recorded a verdict of suicide. Lady Lucan is reported to have "self-diagnosed" as having Parkinson's disease, and to have previously discussed assisted suicide with a friend, should they develop a terminal illness or a degenerative disease. There was no suggestion [...]

2018-01-10T13:08:37+00:00 January 10th, 2018|DIY Suicide, Personal Stories|

New Report on Outsourcing Assisted Dying to Switzerland

An excellent report 'The True Cost - How the UK Outsources Death to Dignitas' was recently published by Dignity in Dying, discussing the many difficulties associated with UK citizens choosing to end their lives in Switzerland. (Despite it's title, the report also considers other Swiss organisations prepared to offer medical assistance to die to foreign [...]

2017-11-24T15:40:20+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Dignity in Dying, Switzerland|

Victoria, Australia law passes the upper house

Excellent news from Australia. Further to our previous report, the upper house of the Australian state of Victoria has passed a Voluntary Assisted Dying bill. The bill passed by 22 to 18 after a 28 hour sitting. The progress is reported in this Guardian article. The debate in the upper house caused some amendments to [...]

2017-11-24T15:41:34+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Australia|

Pharmacist driven to break a bad law.

The Daily Telegraph has been following another case relating to assisted suicide / murder. Pharmacist Bipin Desai was accused of giving his 85 year old father a lethal drink containing concentrated morphine stolen from the pharmacy where he worked. The high court judge threw out the charge of murder, allowing Mr Desai to go free [...]

2017-11-18T14:26:22+00:00 November 18th, 2017|DIY Suicide, Legal Action|

Update on Omid T’s High Court Case

Omid T suffers from Multiple Systems Atrophy. An incurable condition which has permanently reduced his quality of life below the level he is able to accept. It is not a terminal condition - he may have to continue suffering against his will for many years. Omid is taking legal action to request medical assistance to [...]

2017-11-09T13:20:02+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Legal Action|

Is “Mercy Killing” ever the right thing to do?

The BBC, and a number of newspapers, (see the Ayrshire Post), report the story of Ian Gordon who smothered his wife of 46 years with a pillow as "a final act of love" to relieve her pain and suffering. Did he do the right thing? The judge's explanation in sentencing, though interesting, doesn't really help. [...]

MS Sufferer Colin Campbell’s deferred assisted death raises important questions about help for the disabled

In April 2017 MS sufferer Colin Campbell publicly stated his intention to end his life in Switzerland on June 15th 2017. Due to the intervention of fellow MS sufferer Rona Tynan, and the alternatives and assistance she helped him consider, Colin has deferred his appointment in Switzerland. In October 2017 a BBC story and podcast [...]

2017-10-23T21:57:18+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Disability, MS, Switzerland|