NEWS AND COMMENT

Boris Johnson opposed to assisted dying reform

Assisted dying campaigners have been pressing the Prime Minister to support Baroness Meacher’s Private Member’s Bill, which successfully passed its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 22 October.…

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Incurably suffering woman calls for change to assisted dying law before ending her life in Switzerland

A British woman who has travelled to Switzerland to end her life has urged politicians to launch a parliamentary inquiry into assisted dying, as her last wish before she died.…

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Majority of MPs personally favour legalising assisted dying, new poll reveals

A new survey has found that a majority of MPs (58%) personally believe assisted dying should be legalised, in at least some circumstances. It also found that nearly half of…

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My Death, My Decision responds to Lords debate of new Assisted Dying Bill

Plans to allow doctors to help terminally ill adults end their lives are closer to becoming law today, after a new Assisted Dying Bill passed its second reading in the…

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Assisted dying is about letting people die with dignity, stresses citizens’ panel in Jersey

A final report detailing how assisted dying should be legalised has been published from Jersey’s citizens’ jury. The report follows on from an announcement earlier this year, in which 78%…

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BMA drops opposition to assisted dying

The UK’s largest professional body of doctors has voted to end its 15-year opposition to the legalisation of assisted dying. My Death, My Decision has welcomed the decision as a…

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MDMD congratulates winner of 2021 Tony Nicklinson essay competition

Marking the ninth anniversary of Tony Nicklinson’s death, My Death, My Decision is pleased to announce the winner of this year's Tony Nicklinson memorial essay competition. Rees Johnson, a doctoral…

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The right to die is the last great freedom still to be won, say expert panellists at online MDMD event

Hundreds of households joined My Death, My Decision’s panel event online on 21 July, to hear from Polly Toynbee, Dr Wendy Savage, Diane Munday, and Natika Haliland their fascinating discussion…

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Citizens’ jury on assisted dying paves the way for legislation in Jersey, with majority backing reform

A panel of islanders has voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the law on assisted dying in Jersey.

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Assisted Dying Bill introduced to Scottish Parliament

A new Bill to legalise assisted dying has been lodged in the Scottish Parliament. Its backers include My Death, My Decision’s partners in the Assisted Dying Coalition – Humanist Society…

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Paul Lamb, resolute assisted dying campaigner, has died aged 65

Paul Lamb, the incurably suffering campaigner well-known for challenging the law prohibiting assisted dying in England and Wales, has died at his home aged 65.  

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My Death, My Decision marks the death of assisted dying campaigner Noel Conway

Following the death of determined campaigner Noel Conway last week, My Death, My Decision offers condolences to his friends and family. 

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Assisted dying campaigner urges lawmakers not to forget the incurably suffering, as new Bill is introduced into the Lords

A new Bill that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to patients with less than six months to live has been introduced in the House of Lords. My Death,…

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Submissions invited: The Tony Nicklinson Memorial Prize

Submissions are invited for a new annual award, ‘The Tony Nicklinson Memorial Prize’ sponsored by My Death, My Decision. The prize (£500) is aimed at developing and fostering an interest…

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Police fail to detect up to 30% of assisted deaths, new research finds

At least 3 in 10 people who travel to Switzerland for assisted deaths are unknown to the authorities, according to new research by the campaign group My Death, My Decision.…

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50+ MPs and peers and MDMD patron Henry Marsh, after cancer diagnosis, call for assisted dying inquiry

Henry Marsh, a leading neurosurgeon and patron of My Death, My Decision, has called for an ‘essential’ inquiry into assisted dying.  He has been prompted by a cancer diagnosis, and…

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Spain legalises assisted dying

Spain is now the fourth European country to adopt an assisted dying law that permits a medically assisted death to those who are terminally ill or incurably suffering, after Switzerland,…

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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. 

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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…

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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.

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