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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
Scotland: Support for assisted suicide on the decline

Scotland: Support for assisted suicide on the decline

Support for assisted suicide in Scotland has significantly declined in recent years according to a new analysis of the data. In an article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics Forum, Professor David Albert Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, has...

Large number of MPs speak out against assisted suicide

Large number of MPs speak out against assisted suicide

A large number of MPs spoke in opposition to assisted suicide after an e-petition requesting a debate on the matter reached more than 100,000 signatures. Having responded to the petition first through a written statement in which the Government stated assisted suicide...

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