Assisted Suicide


British right-to-die campaigner starves herself to death

Michael Cook | 25 October 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, UK
She was afraid that the other alternative, a drug overdose, would not work and she wanted to die at home, not in Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal.

Assisted suicide debate intensifies in Scotland

Xavier Symons | 24 October 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Scotland
British Anti-euthanasia group Care Not Killing (CNK) has launched a major online campaign intended to derail a new assisted-suicide (AS) bill being debated in the Scottish parliament.

A youthful voice enters the assisted suicide debate

Xavier Symons | 11 October 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, media ethics, Oregon
A young terminally ill woman in the US has reignited assisted suicide debate by publishing a video online describing her plans to take her own life.

Swiss suicide tourism doubles in four years

Michael Cook | 23 August 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, suicide tourism, Switzerland
The numbers of ‘suicide tourists’ going to Switzerland to take their own lives has doubled in four years, reports a study published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Who is most vulnerable?

Michael Cook | 22 August 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
A fascinating article in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy argues that rich white men are also vulnerable to euthanasia.

UK assisted dying bill: the case against

Xavier Symons | 25 July 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
A number of Lords declared that the bill was dangerous.

UK assisted dying bill: the case for

Michael Cook | 25 July 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
Excerpts from passionate speeches by some members of the Britain's upper house of Parliament.

A novel idea for decreasing euthanasia rates

Michael Cook | 18 July 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
A group of five academics from Switzerland and the UK have come up with a novel idea to keep the incidence of euthanasia from rising rapidly.

Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill under attack

Xavier Symons | 12 July 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, UK
Criticism of Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill is mounting as the proposed legislation returns to the House of Lords. Public figures are arguing that it would put elderly citizens at risk and may escalate to a Netherlands-style euthanasia epidemic.

Nitschke under investigation yet again

Xavier Symons | 12 July 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Phillip Nitschke
Pro-euthanasia campaigner Phillip Nitschke is being investigated for his involvement in the death of 45 year old West Australian man. The Medical Board of Australia is concerned that Nitschke advised Mr. Nigel Brayley to commit suicide without first suggesting formal psychiatric assessment.

BMJ backs assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 05 July 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, BMJ, England and Wales
"The BMJ hopes that this bill will eventually become law… Let us hope that our timid lawmakers will rise to the challenge.”

Supreme Court withholds judgement on assisted suicide as human right

Xavier Symons | 27 June 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, human rights, UK
Britain’s Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by campaigners to have assisted suicide pronounced a human right. The appeal was made by the family of Tony Nicklinson, an assisted suicide advocate who died in 2013.

US polls send mixed signals on assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 21 June 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, polls, USA
“Most Americans Are Totally Fine With Euthanasia” was the headline this week in Time magazine over a report on a recent Gallup poll.

Scottish rights groups back right to die for children

Michael Cook | 20 June 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia, Scotland
Taking their cue from Belgium, Scottish groups have tentatively backed voluntary euthanasia for children with terminal illnesses.

Israel debates assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 20 June 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Israel
A ministerial committee has approved a bill which would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to Israeli citizens with less than six months to live.

Assisted suicides in Washington state up by 43%

Michael Cook | 14 June 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Washington
Legal assisted suicide deaths in Washington state rose by 43% in 2013, according to an official report.

Assisted suicide for the old but healthy

Xavier Symons | 29 May 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, existential suffering, Switzerland
Swiss assisted suicide provider Exit has officially sanctioned assisted suicide on the grounds of old age.

Embargo on lethal drug stops executions and assisted suicides in US

Michael Cook | 23 May 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, capital punishment, euthanasia, Nembutal
A shortage of a lethal drug is stopping both executions and assisted suicide in the United States.

“Bring it on”: Victorian doctor publicly admits to distributing nembutal

Xavier Symons | 02 May 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, law, Nembutal
Urologist and Dying with Dignity Victoria vice-president Dr. Robert Syme has publicly admitted to giving nembutal to man dying from cancer.

Swiss doctor acquitted after assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 26 April 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
Changes could be afoot in Swiss legislation after a doctor was acquitted this week of violating regulations for assisted suicide.

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