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Assisted suicide

Assisted suicide usually involves a health practitioner prescribing a lethal dose for a person to administer themselves, usually by swallowing a combination of drugs.

In the United Kingdom, the Suicide Act 1961 legalised the attempt to take one’s own life, but it kept illegal the assistance of another’s death. 

Assisted suicide is legal in a handful of jurisdictions globally including Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and a small number of states in the US. 

Right To Life UK campaigns against any attempt to legalise assisted suicide, and for the development of palliative care services and end of life care that remove any perceived need for assisted suicide.

Latest news on Assisted suicide
Euthanasia advocates now promoting ‘rational suicide’

Euthanasia advocates now promoting ‘rational suicide’

As euthanasia and right-to-die activists debate the use of a new lethal drug for euthanasia in the Netherlands, certain activists are promoting ‘rational suicide’ as an alternative to the current legislative framework. Philip Nitschke and his partner, Fiona Stewart,...

Australia: Assisted suicide introduced to Queensland

Australia: Assisted suicide introduced to Queensland

Queensland has become the fifth state in Australia to pass legislation that permits assisted suicide and euthanasia. Despite public opposition, the Queensland Parliament passed a Bill to introduce assisted suicide and euthanasia to the State vote. 61 MPs voted in...

Scotland: Assisted suicide could be approved over Zoom

Scotland: Assisted suicide could be approved over Zoom

A new assisted suicide Bill in Scotland could permit people who want to end their lives in accordance with the law to have their request granted over Zoom. A consultation document on the proposed Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill released last...

BMA decides by just 4 votes to go neutral on assisted suicide

BMA decides by just 4 votes to go neutral on assisted suicide

Delegates at the British Medical Association’s Annual Representative Meeting have decided by a narrow margin of four votes to change the Association’s position on assisted suicide from opposition to neutrality. The vote was held this afternoon on a motion to “move to...

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