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“Euthanasia in the Netherlands”. Look again, when someone says death will be available on demand.

  My Death, My Decision's Campaigns and Communication Manager, Keiron McCabe, responds to the latest Guardian long-read "Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far?"   Christopher Bellaigue raises an important question for those of us who advocate for assisted dying reform. In a society which permits euthanasia, what are the acceptable limits to autonomy? [...]

2019-01-28T15:57:40+00:00January 28th, 2019|Dementia, Netherlands|

Pulling “the plug on your life support … because of a message you left on facebook” – Fact or Fiction?

MDMD’s Campaigns and Communication Manager, Keiron McCabe, breaks down the new Clinically-Assisted Hydration and Nutrition Guidance from the British Medical Association Recently, writing in the Daily Mail, Dr Max Pemberton criticised the new British Medical Association’s (BMA) “Clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) Guidance”, for allowing “one Facebook post [to] be enough to bring about your [...]

2019-01-29T09:10:05+00:00January 25th, 2019|Advance Decisions, Dementia, Minimally Conscious States|

Scottish Parliament removes time limit in definition of “terminally ill”

MDMD are delighted to learn that the Scottish parliament has removed any time limit from its definition of "terminally ill" in their Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.  The story was reported by the BBC and the Guardian. The Guardian article states "There were a number of significant last-minute amendments to the legislation, including the removal [...]

2018-07-15T14:11:50+00:00July 15th, 2018|Dementia, Disability, Medical Views, Scotland|

Eamonn Holmes wants an assisted death in Switzerland if he has dementia – but he shouldn’t rely on others.

Breakfast TV News presenter Eamonn Holmes has been widely quoted in the media for openly saying that he would prefer a medically assisted death if he developed dementia. A Sun on Sunday article strongly supports him. A  Daily Mail article also covered the story, its comments show strong support for Eamonn's view. Describing his fear [...]

2018-06-04T18:23:50+00:00June 4th, 2018|Dementia, Switzerland|

Extending the Oregon Right to Die Law. Evidence of a “Slippery Slope”?

A recent article in the Washington Post describes moves in Oregon, USA to try to extend their Death with Dignity Act to include help for those suffering from degenerative diseases such as Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Related discussions are taking place in other US states and in Canada. For example, a recent paper [...]

2018-03-19T20:16:34+00:00March 19th, 2018|Canada, Dementia, Slippery Slope, USA|

Living with Dementia – comparing two cases of Early Onset Dementia

The Observer recently published a story about Wendy Mitchell, an Alzheimer's sufferer whose memoir, 'Somebody I Used to Know', has recently been published. The article gives in interesting insight into how Wendy copes with the devastating diagnosis of dementia at the age of 58. Wendy is described as an energetic single mother of two adult [...]

2019-03-04T21:51:44+00:00February 14th, 2018|Dementia, Personal Stories, Switzerland|