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Spain legalises assisted dying

Spain is now the fourth European country to adopt an assisted dying law which permits a medically assisted death to those who are terminally ill or incurably suffering, after Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The Spanish parliament passed the bill on 18 th March 2021 with 202 votes in favour, 141 against and two abstentions. [...]

2021-03-18T17:17:41+00:00March 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Book Review: The Inevitable – Dispatches on the Right to Die Katie Engelhart March 2021

Based on over 5 years of research in many countries this book asks some of the most difficult questions in the assisted dying debate: Who should be eligible for an assisted death? Who decides? On what grounds? What safeguards, if any, are necessary? Who needs protection? Protection from what? Engelhart explores this terrain by following [...]

2021-03-11T17:08:54+00:00March 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Human Rights Act review must not undermine fundamental freedoms, warns My Death, My Decision

My Death, My Decision has counselled against proposals to water down the Human Rights Act 1998, in response to a consultation from a review panel set up by the Government. In its submission to the Independent Human Rights Act Review, My Death, My Decision highlighted that among the Act’s many achievements, human rights were pivotal [...]

2021-03-11T17:09:42+00:00March 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

My Death, My Decision responds to Republic of Ireland’s Death with Dignity Bill consultation

My Death, My Decision has informed Irish lawmakers it strongly supports proposals to legalise assisted dying for the incurably suffering in Ireland. In response to a consultation on the Death with Dignity Bill - which if passed, will enable Northern Irish citizens to access an assisted death by travelling to the Republic - MDMD said [...]

2021-03-19T16:41:46+00:00February 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|

MDMD calls for Northern Ireland’s Bill of Rights to include a right to die

My Death, My Decision has urged lawmakers in Northern Ireland to recognise a right to die, as part of the Assembly’s efforts to expand human rights protections. In its response, MDMD said that people in Northern Ireland are ‘uniquely disadvantaged within the United Kingdom at the end of their life’, and that the forthcoming Death [...]

2021-03-19T16:47:11+00:00February 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Portugal’s Parliament passes assisted dying bill

Portuguese lawmakers have voted in support of legal assisted dying for the incurably suffering, making a change in the law one step closer to reality. My Death, My Decision has welcomed the move as a historic step forward in the predominantly Catholic country, and said it will now add renewed pressure on the UK to [...]

2021-01-29T15:54:00+00:00January 29th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Austrian court overturns ban on assisted dying

Austria’s constitutional court has ruled a ban on helping ‘seriously ill’ people ending their own lives is unconstitutional, in a landmark ruling which has been welcomed by My Death, My Decision.  The case relates to a claim brought by a series of claimants, including a 56-year-old man who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Under Austria’s criminal [...]

2020-12-15T10:25:43+00:00December 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Travel to Switzerland for an Assisted Death not Criminalised by Lockdown Legislation

Credit: gdsteam, source: https://bit.ly/38ymwuL (Creative Commons 2.0) In an urgent parliamentary question on 5th Nov 2020, the day a second lockdown was introduced in England, Andrew Mitchell (MP) asked the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to make a statement on the impact of new coronavirus regulations on the ability of terminally ill adults to [...]

2020-11-11T10:09:22+00:00November 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Assisted Dying Referendum: New Zealand votes to overturn ban on assisted dying

Credit: New Zealand Flaghttps://bit.ly/34CZ1yh New Zealand has overwhelmingly voted to legalise assisted dying by 65.2% to 33.8%, according to the preliminary results of a nation-wide referendum. My Death, My Decision has welcomed the result as a decisive victory for campaigners, which will add renewed pressure on the UK to follow suit.  Nearly two [...]

2020-10-30T07:22:54+00:00October 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|
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