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Assisted suicide

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
Canadian man applies for euthanasia because of ‘eco-anxiety’

Canadian man applies for euthanasia because of ‘eco-anxiety’

A man suffering from 'eco-anxiety' has applied for euthanasia in Canada. Howard Breen, 68, who lives in Vancouver, is not terminally ill but is experiencing extreme mental suffering because of his concerns about climate change. He told Vice: “It becomes debilitating....

Assisted suicide ‘ceremony’ held in Canadian church sanctuary

Assisted suicide ‘ceremony’ held in Canadian church sanctuary

A Canadian church has hosted an assisted suicide ceremony for one of its members.. The Churchill Park United Church of Winnipeg held what it described as a “Crossing Over Ceremony” in which an 86 year old, Betty Sanguin, ended her life through an assisted suicide in...

House of Lords rejects assisted suicide

House of Lords rejects assisted suicide

An attempt in the House of Lords to force the Government to introduce legislation on assisted suicide within a year of the Health and Care Bill becoming law has been defeated by 179 votes to 145. Lord Forsyth’s amendment to the Health and Care Bill was defeated...

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