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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

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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

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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

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Doctor who prescribed lethal tablets allowed to practice

This weekend sees a popular doctor return to work without restrictions. The GMC, a UK regulatory body for the medical professions, have finally removed their sanctions. 63-yr-old Dr Iain Kerr is a popular G.P. in the west of Scotland. Two … Continue reading

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Euthanasia & hospices: the unexpected link

A major new global study, released today by the Economist Intelligence Unit, has ranked the UK as top of the world league for palliative care. But some evidence also suggests right-to-die campaigners are successfully pressuring policy-makers into improving that very … Continue reading

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Making sense of Margo Macdonald

Even before the consultation responses for Margo Macdonald’s controversial assisted suicide bill started flowing in, the Catholic Church ‘vowed to block the bill.’ Many Scots will wonder how an unelected body can in effect veto parliamentary committees, but having seen … Continue reading

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Euthanasia in Belgium: no slippery slope

The evidence of studies in several countries suggests that legislation to allow euthanasia does not affect the number of cases significantly – it just makes them more open and transparent. This has never deterred panic-mongers, who spin data to create … Continue reading

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Election time – unless you elect to die

The most heated UK General Election of decades happens in a couple of days’ time. There is a genuine contest between the three main UK parties. Thinking of challenging them? Here’s some of their views so far. David Cameron, the … Continue reading

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