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Assisted suicide: addressing legal dilemmas

Questions have been raised today about a man who received assisted suicide in Switzerland following a misdiagnosis. The court hearings of Final Exit Network (FEN) in the USA, although securing a victory for the FEN volunteer guides, relied in part … Continue reading

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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

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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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Attempts to ‘ban suicide’

Oregon lawmakers are looking at the possibility of legislation to outlaw a plastic bag with a piece of tubing sewn into it. They cite a death of a man who was suffering greatly but not terminally ill, and who’s family … 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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Suicide by painful chemical gas – not the way to go!

Exit has received information that persons are resorting to risky methods of rational (or irrational) suicide. The trend to use chemicals began in third-world countries and with information coming from Japan, but appears to be spreading to the Western world. … Continue reading

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Ian McEwan joins the call for law reform

Best selling author Ian McEwan has joined other prominent celebrities in calling for legislation to allow terminally ill patients to receive medical help to die. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he spoke of his desire to control his … Continue reading

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Organs replaced, euthanasia wishes honoured, good ethics

A little while ago, we drew attention to a well thought out idea by Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson, suggesting that being able to donate one’s organs while requesting euthanasia could give an added sense of meaning to a dignified … Continue reading

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Gently, gently, catch the monkey – “rights” rejected by the courts

“Major social issues such as euthanasia are not fit to be decided by rights, and this is a good example to show rights are not a panacea for all social problems. This is because rights are necessarily enforced by judges, … Continue reading

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Is there a better political way forward?

If faulty reasoning is introduced into a court of law, it can be challenged and appealed. If faulty logic is used in science, peers will expose it. No-one expects MPs to take a democratic vote on how to do a … Continue reading

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Does anyone represent the people?

With a landslide parliamentary vote against assisted suicide – and a landslide public opinion poll in favour – one has to ask if any members of the Scottish Parliament actually support the Scottish people (as opposed to being swayed by … Continue reading

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