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Justice Secretary considers review into assisted dying

Credit: House of Lords| Roger Harrishttps://bit.ly/36BZyy4 Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland QC, has announced that he is considering a review into the law on assisted dying, adding there is a need to ‘take into account compassionate reasons’.  His comments which first appeared in the Express newspaper, follow after MPs debated assisted [...]

2020-01-29T12:12:11+00:00January 29th, 2020|Political, UK Parliament|

MPs debate assisted dying call for evidence

MPs from across the political divide have supported calls for an independent inquiry into assisted dying. My Death, My Decision welcomed MPs’ support on this issue.  In a Westminster Hall debate, Christine Jardine MP, who called for the debate, acknowledged that her own views on assisted dying had changed after the death of her mother [...]

2020-01-24T14:57:00+00:00January 24th, 2020|UK Parliament|

Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Justice

To mark the tenth anniversary of Debbie Purdy's landmark assisted dying case, which resulted in the current Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) guidelines on the Assisted Suicide law, My Death, My Decision has published an open letter to the incoming Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP,  calling for a review [...]

2019-08-12T13:53:03+00:00August 12th, 2019|Political, UK Parliament|

93% think that assisted dying is acceptable in at least some situations

    My Death, My Decision’s Campaign Policy Director, Phil Cheatle, breaks down the new research commissioned by MDMD.   MDMD has released the results of research it sponsored through the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). The work tested public acceptability of various forms of assisted dying. In all cases considered the person is [...]

2019-09-03T15:21:49+00:00March 4th, 2019|Opinion Poll, UK Parliament|

“I readily acknowledge that many of these cases are tragic.” says HM Advocate General for Scotland and MoJ spokesperson for the Lords The Rt Hon Lord Keen of Elie QC

Today, in an oral question relating to the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) Policy for Prosecutors in Respect of Cases of Encouraging or Assisting Suicide, several members of the House of Lords, asked Lord Keen about the law prohibiting on assisted dying. Below is a transcript of the questions. Assisted dying is legal in Belgium, Canada, [...]

2019-02-26T13:54:35+00:00February 14th, 2019|UK Parliament, Vulnerable People|

Parliament hears from top Canadian Doctors, on the experiences of assisted dying abroad

On Tuesday 11th December, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on End of Life Choices, met to hear from Dr Sandy Buchman and Professor Sir John Temple, on the role of doctors within a public discourse on assisted dying. Dr Sandy Buchman, the President-elect of Canada’s Medical Association, who was joined by his Vice-President Dr Jeff [...]

2019-01-26T12:01:10+00:00January 24th, 2019|Canada, Dignity in Dying, UK Parliament|

Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on End of Life Choices meeting

MDMD Associate Coordinator Colin Brewer represented MDMD at the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on End of Life Choices. Here is his report... We heard a good presentation by Dignity in Dying’s Scottish organiser on their excellent recent survey of people from Britain who approached Dignitas for assistance and the financial, legal and bureaucratic obstacles that [...]

2018-05-08T11:34:08+00:00May 8th, 2018|Dignity in Dying, Scotland, UK Parliament|