Category Archives: voluntary euthanasia

The view from Debbie Purdy

I found the interview with Debby Purdy in today’s Financial Times very moving. Sometimes we can get so caught up in an almost academic debate or flag-waving. The striking thing about Purdy perhaps is not her desire for voluntary euthanasia, … Continue reading

Posted in assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Assisted suicide at home – is it safe?

Surveys show that most people would prefer to die at home. They also show that a strong majority would like the option of assisted dying should they feel it is desirable in their last days. This is something that brings … Continue reading

Posted in assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia | Tagged , | 2 Comments

When society advocates painful death

Looking at the current news stories, three salient events highlight the talk around euthanasia: and their basic message is, society doesn’t care. It would prefer you to die badly. Lord Falconer’s long-awaited Commission on Assisted Dying report was released a … Continue reading

Posted in assisted suicide, self deliverance, voluntary euthanasia | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Responsible caring with dementia & euthanasia requests

When you tick off various boxes on your living will document, the ones where you might have dementia are always problematic. Euthanasia in cases of dementia raises even bigger questions of voluntariness. I have known ‘right-to-die’ supporters who say that … Continue reading

Posted in living will, voluntary euthanasia | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How euthanasia offers the promise of hope

In a few hours time, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice will be upon us. It is the time of the longest night and the shortest day. From now on until midsummer, the days get longer and … Continue reading

Posted in self deliverance, voluntary euthanasia | 2 Comments

Kevorkian: 2 for the price of 1

“First of all, do any of you here think it’s a crime to help a suffering human end his agony? Any of you think it is? Say so right now!” So opens Kevorkian’s speech in this challenging play based on … Continue reading

Posted in assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Farewell Jack – Exit remembers Dr Kevorkian

“Dr Death is Dead!” ran the headlines as Jack Kevorkian, the most prominent of doctors ever to assist in suicides, reached his own last stand in Michigan’s William Beaumont Hospital, last June 3rd, and eight days after his 83rd birthday. … Continue reading

Posted in assisted suicide, mercy killing, voluntary euthanasia | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Life & death in a rush – art meets euthanasia

Julijonas Urbonas, a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, has designed a “Euthanasia Coaster” that will, he says, enable its riders to experience euphoria followed by painless death. The idea is a work of art rather … Continue reading

Posted in assisted suicide, self deliverance, voluntary euthanasia | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Latest magazine available now

The latest edition of EXIT Newsletter goes in the post to members this week, a bumper edition at 36 pages. Among the leading articles are Causation and Euthanasia – an expert legal analysis of how the law works in determining … Continue reading

Posted in assisted suicide, mercy killing, palliative care, self deliverance, voluntary euthanasia | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Terminal, unbearably ill, or ‘just’ tired of life?

A number of news stories these past few days have highlighted differences between ‘right-to-die’ groups and also the myths perpetrated by the ‘pro-life’ groups. An elderly, arthritic woman dies at the Zurich assisted suicide clinic; an elderly woman being evicted … Continue reading

Posted in assisted suicide, mercy killing, palliative care, self deliverance, voluntary euthanasia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rights and being right are not the same

British law is caught in a neverneverland over assisted suicide. It’s kind of illegal (by statute) and kind of legal (by the the Director of Public Prosecutions guidelines – as long as you satisfy criteria retrospectively). So what’s a genuine, … Continue reading

Posted in assisted suicide, living will, palliative care, voluntary euthanasia | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments