Fresh debate on ‘right to die’

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MPs are to debate whether some terminally ill people in England and Wales should be allowed to end their lives with medical supervision.

Under proposals, people with less than six months to live could be prescribed a lethal dose of drugs, which only they are allowed to take.watch full Bastille Day 2016 film online

It could lead to the first vote in the House of Commons on the issue in nearly 20 ...

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Boy should be taken off life-support, rules judge

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A boy with irreversible brain damage should be taken off a life-support machine despite the objections of his parents, a High Court judge has ruled.

Ms Justice Russell said she had reached her decision after a Family Division hearing to assess what was in the boy’s best interests with “great reluctance”.

The one-year-old, who was born prematurely, now requires ventilation.

His mother said she believed he might recover and doctors did not have to right to end his life.

“He is still alive,” ...

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Assisted dying: Desmond Tutu signals support

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Desmond Tutu has said he would support assisted dying for the terminally ill.

Writing in The Observer he said he reveres “the sanctity of life but not at any cost”.

He also suggested that prolonging the life of Nelson Mandela had been an “affront” to his dignity.

His comments follow a U-turn by former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, who also said he would support assisted dying for the terminally ill.

The Church of England (CofE) has ...

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Campaigners lose ‘right to die’ case

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Campaigners have lost their appeal at the UK Supreme Court over the right to die – but the judges said Parliament should now act.

Justices ruled against Paul Lamb and Jane Nicklinson by seven to two.

A third man, Martin, lost his attempt to have the current prosecution guidance on assisted suicide clarified.

But five justices concluded they had the power to declare the current law breaches the right to a private life.

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‘We ALL deserve a peaceful, dignified death’

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After the dreadful care her dying grandfather endured, nurse Maria vowed to spare others the same indignity. So she devoted herself to the hospice movement

  • Surveys show most people want to die at home or in a hospice
  • But most end up dying in hospital – often needlessly
  • Hospices like the one Maria works at make a big difference
  • They provide expert care and treat patients with humanity and kindness
  • This year, the Daily Mail’s  Christmas appeal goes to Sue Ryder hospices
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Letter calling for legalised euthanasia

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A dramatic double suicide in one of Paris’s most romantic hotels today led to renewed calls for euthanasia to be legalised in France.

Georgette and Bernard Cazes, both 86, checked themselves into the Lutetia last Thursday and ended their days holding hands.

The married couple, who had been together for more than 60 years, left a letter to the authorities ‘demanding the right to die in a dignified manner’.

Mr Cazes wrote that ‘it was cruel’ that society did not allow law-abiding tax ...

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Man, 83, becomes first Briton to choose Dignitas

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A retired professional man has become the first British dementia patient to end his life at the Dignitas clinic.

The wealthy 83-year-old chose to travel to the controversial clinic in Switzerland because he did not want to face the agony of the progressive disease.

He is believed to be the first person to use the clinic’s services solely because of dementia.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2333133/Man-83-Briton-Dignitas-assisted-suicide-dementia.html#ixzz2V4j62tdj

 

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Dignitas can help me die, says Michael Winner after doctors told him he has 18 months to live

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Michael Winner has revealed he may choose to  take his own life at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. The film director and restaurant critic, 76,  said he has researched services at the assisted-dying institution. Earlier this year he revealed that liver  specialists had told him he has 18 months to live.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2213137/Michael-Winner-Dignitas-help-die-says-film-director-doctors-told-18-months-live.html#ixzz28QUwoQhl

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Tony Nicklinson : Last days of locked-in syndrome sufferer who fought so hard for the right to die

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Campaigner and  victim of ‘locked-in’ syndrome Tony Nicklinson died at home on Tuesday, only a  week after losing a High Court battle to allow doctors to end his life without  fear of prosecution. The 58-year-old,  who was left ‘heartbroken’ by the decision, died as a result of pneumonia  compounded by the fact that he had refused to eat for several days. TOM  RAWSTORNE reports on the former businessman’s despair and the years of pain  endured by his family. Words alone ...

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Tony Nicklinson loses High Court right-to-die case

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A man paralysed from the neck down has lost his High Court case to allow doctors to end

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