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Exit welcomes CPP clarifications

A statement issued last week by the new Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, clarifies the Guidance of the Crown Prosecution Service (England & Wales), and eases some of the fears of doctors and others in the medical profession over … Continue reading

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The ethics of euthanasia, our books, this website, right or wrong?

In almost every religion and philosophical system, the right to life and the right to live the way we want to as long as it does not interfere with the same rights of others, is something universally respected. I don’t … Continue reading

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WIll the government suport the law?

On Tuesday 27th March 2012, the UK Parliament debates the motion, “This House welcomes the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Policy for Prosecutors in respect of Cases of Encouraging or Assisting Suicide published in February 2010.” In effect, the politicians are … Continue reading

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Were you (not) thinking of committing a crime?

We live in a society where simply minding your own business with a good heart is no longer enough to stop you being interrogated. Airport security is increasingly intrusive: body scans, pat down, oh – and remove your shoes and … Continue reading

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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

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More arrests, more dignified death, prosecution unlikely

Two more people have been arrested, for providing very nominal ‘assistance’ to someone going to Switzerland to die. A 47-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man, both from South Shields in England’s north-east, have been arrested on suspicion of intentionally doing … 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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Good life good death: I don’t need my organs, just a peaceful dying

Organ transplant and euthanasia hit the headlines this week as two people seeking euthanasia ask that their organs be donated. Tony Nicklinson of Melksham, Wiltshire communicates by blinking or nodding his head at letters on a board. His legal team … Continue reading

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Assisted suicide law broken. No prosecution. Innocent.

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has today said that although there is sufficient evidence to prosecute two men in England involved in an assisted suicide, it would not be in the public’s interest and no further action … Continue reading

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Wholly compassionate assisted suicide not prosecuted

A large number of British papers have just featured the news that Michael Bateman who helped his wife die by putting a bag over his wife’s head as she ended her life with helium, will not be prosecuted. This is … Continue reading

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Ashes dumped in Lake Zurich put Dignitas back in the spotlight

The Swiss organisation, Dignitas, provides the main option for direct assisted suicide for those living in the UK. Yet apart from the considerable cost, there are worrying news reports. Divers from a rescue service accidentally discovered some 300 urns dumped … Continue reading

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