Doctors call out “misleading” and “wildly inaccurate” assisted suicide activist video

Senior leaders at a national charity for end of life care have criticised a recent video from an assisted suicide lobby group labelling it “irresponsible”, “misleading” and “wildly inaccurate”.

Dignity in Dying released its video, The Inescapable Truth, as part of its ongoing efforts to legalise assisted suicide in the UK.

The distressing video features a mother talking to her son about his grandfather’s death. She tells her son that his grandad “moved to a special place called a hospice”, intercut with flashbacks portraying his death as agonising and traumatic.

Carole Walford and Tracey Bleakley, Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Executive of Hospice UK respectively,  said the film was “misleading and irresponsible campaigning.”

In their open letter to Dignity in Dying they call for the “sensationalist and inaccurate video” to be taken down. 

They say that it “could scare people away from the support they so desperately need… care that alleviates suffering, listens, communicates, and through skilled evidence based interventions meets the personal, physical, emotional and spiritual needs.”

Dignity in Dying claim the video is “a realistic portrayal” of those experiencing end of life care, and have so far not taken down the video. In a new report, Dignity in Dying, formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, claim 17 people in the UK die in such a manner every day.  

A claim that has been disputed by healthcare professionals who lined up on Twitter to criticise the film.

An NHS palliative care doctor said: “The very last thing the debate on assisted dying needs is deeply misleading and wildly inaccurate portrayals of dying in a hospice.”

An NHS project manager for cancer alliance said: 

“The inescapable truth? Whose truth? Are you so desperate for support that you are reduced to #fakenews? This is definitely not my experience of my parents’ deaths, one in a hospice & one in an acute hospital. This is the most terrible exploitation of peoples’ fears. Shameful.”

A palliative care nurse tweeted: “This is a low act! I’ve nursed many many people dying in hospitals and hospice settings. NEVER, have I witnessed such a distressing scene. You are sensationalising and stigmatising death!”

“This is not truth,” added GP Dr Andrew Green, who has been a GP for 40 years.

Parliamentary efforts to allow doctors to help patients kill themselves have been consistently rejected in recent years, including by 330 votes to 118 in 2015. 

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“Leading doctors at Hospice UK and elsewhere are correct to call out Dignity in Dying for their misleading, irresponsible scaremongering. A recent study into end-of-life care ranked the UK as the best in the world, praising the quality and availability of services.”

“Our world class end-of-life care is becoming increasingly important for a society which values the lives of people with terminal or life-limiting conditions.”

“Legalising assisted suicide would inevitably lead to pressure on vulnerable people to choose the quicker, cheaper option of death over end of life care.”

(Image credit: Dignity in Dying video screen shot)

Scottish politician could be removed from SNP election list after abortion row earlier this year

A MP for the Scottish National Party fears her opposition to lifting Northern Ireland’s abortion ban is the reason why she is the only party member who has not been approved to stand again, should there be a snap general election.

Lisa Cameron MP’s political future is in doubt as SNP members were emailed by party chairman, Angus MacLeod, on whether they want sitting MPs to fight a probable November poll or whether an internal selection should take place.

The party has since reselected 34 out of 35 MPs, but Lisa Cameron has not been placed on the SNP’s list of approved candidates.

In July, the former doctor voted against an amendment which would force abortion on Northern Ireland. While the matter was a free vote, for individuals to decide how to vote in line with their own conscience, the First Minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, made clear that she supported abortion.

MPs voted in favour of the abortion amendment 332-99 which was attached to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, ignoring the fact that abortion remains a devolved issue in Northern Ireland.

Dr Cameron has cited that her tragic experience of undergoing two very late-term miscarriages helped form her pro-life views.

She also revealed her office received more than 900 messages, including “abuse” and “cyberbullying” after she voted against the amendment.

She said: “It was a free vote, a conscience vote. I didn’t rebel or vote against the party whip. And yet now it’s virtually certain that abusive party activists will make sure I’m deselected and lose the job I love.”

“The attacks on me have been nothing less than vitriolic. One individual threatened to come over and ‘abort me’.”

Dr Cameron confirms she intends to stand. An SNP spokesperson said that the party’s selection processes were ongoing.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said:

“It is disgraceful that this MP should face deselection and receive such abuse for voting to protect unborn babies and in favour of not imposing abortion, which is a devolved matter, on Northern Ireland.”

“If she is deselected from the SNP, it would show the intolerance of pro-life views and those who respect and wish to defend the right to life of all human beings, born or unborn,  within the party.”

Event: The biggest threat to the unborn child since 1967

The UK already has one of the most radical abortion laws in the world. Now, we are facing the biggest threat to the unborn child since 1967 – this autumn, the abortion lobby is set to attempt to introduce an extreme abortion proposal to Parliament which aims to remove almost all legal safeguards around abortion.

At this event, Lord Alton and Baroness O’Loan, champions of the cause in the House of Lords, will give their perspectives both into what is happening in Westminster, the counter-campaign which they are spearheading and what you can do stop this extreme law change. 

Complimentary light refreshments will be served after the talk.

Please do invite along friends and family using the Facebook event set-up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/424132034866373/

  • Tuesday, 10 September 2019 from 18:45-20:00
  • St Wilfrid’s Hall, Brompton Oratory, Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RP

Live in NZ? Kiwi voter living in the UK? Email your MP asking them to vote against the Government’s extreme abortion up to birth bill

If you are New Zealand voter, please urgently email your MPs asking them to vote against this extreme abortion Bill on Thursday.

You can do this by following the easy steps below.

1. Quickly draft an email

It is far better if this email is in your own words, but if you don’t have time, we have written up a quick email below which you can use.

Please be charitable, polite and respectful in the messages you send to MPs.

Please contact as many MPs as you can. Individual emails are the most effective, especially if you are contacting your local MP.

IF WRITING YOU OWN EMAIL – PLEASE CONVEY THE FOLLOWING POINTS

  • Vote NO to the Abortion Legislation Bill on Thursday.
  • The Bill removes the current restrictions that only allow abortions after 20 weeks to save the life of the mother or to protect from serious harm and replaces them with loose and arbitrary criteria.
  • In the small number of Australian states that have similar ‘abortion up to birth’ provisions these provision in practice have allowed for abortion to be available for any reason right through to birth.
  • This would also, in practice, lift the current time limit for disability-selective abortions for babies including those with Down’s syndrome from 20-weeks, right through to birth.
  • The Bill contains no substantial provisions to offer women alternatives to abortion.
  • If you have a personal story about abortion, unplanned pregnancy, or anything else that might be relevant to this Bill then please share that too.
  • Make it clear that this is an important issue to you and how the MP votes on Thursday will determine whether you vote for them in the next election.


IF DON’T HAVE TIME TO WRITE AN EMAIL, PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING COPY

Dear MP,

I am writing to you to ask you to vote NO to the Abortion Legislation Bill on Thursday.

The Bill removes the current restrictions that only allow abortions after 20 weeks to save the life of the mother or to protect from serious harm and replaces them with loose and arbitrary criteria.

In the small number of Australian states that have similar ‘abortion up to birth’ provisions, these provision in practice have allowed for abortion to be available, for any reason, right through to birth.

This would also, in practice, lift the current time limit for disability-selective abortions for babies including those with Down’s syndrome from 20-weeks, right through to birth.

As a voter, this is the most important issue to me, and how you vote on Thursday will determine who I vote for in the next election.

Please vote NO on Thursday.

2/ Use the following email lists to send your email to MPs

H/T to Voice For Life New Zealand for the email list below – find out more about them here.

Below are the email addresses of every MP in Parliament (just click on any MP below to send them an email).

If you have any issues with the email addresses below you can click here to download an Excel Spreadsheet of all the MP’s and their email addresses (just copy and paste from the spreadsheet into your email browser!)

 INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL MPs: 
Amy AdamsKanwaljit Singh BakshiMaggie BarryAndrew BaylyDavid BennettPaula BennettDan BidoisChris BishopSimon BridgesSimeon BrownGerry BrownleeDavid CarterJudith CollinsJacqui DeanMatt DooceySarah DowieAndrew FalloonPaulo GarciaPaul GoldsmithNathan GuyJoanne HayesHarete HipangoBrett HudsonNikki KayeMatt KingTutehounuku (Nuk) KorakoBarbara KurigerDenise LeeMelissa LeeAgnes LoheniTim MacindoeTodd McClayIan McKelvieMark MitchellTodd MullerAlfred NgaroSimon O’ConnorParmjeet ParmarChristopher PenkMaureen PughShane RetiScott SimpsonNick SmithStuart SmithErica StanfordAnne TolleyLouise UpstonTim van de MolenNicky WagnerHamish WalkerNicola WillisMichael WoodhouseJian YangLawrence Yule,

 INDIVIDUAL LABOUR MPs: 
Kiri AllanGinny AndersenJacinda ArdernDavid ClarkTamati CoffeyLiz CraigClare CurranKelvin DavisRuth DysonPaul EagleKris FaafoiPeeni HenareChris HipkinsRaymond HuoWillie JacksonAnahila Kanongata’a-SuisuikiIain Lees-GallowayAndrew LittleMarja LubeckJo LuxtonKieran McAnultyNanaia MahutaTrevor MallardStuart NashDamien O’ConnorGreg O’ConnorDavid ParkerWillow-Jean PrimePriyanca RadhakrishnanGrant RobertsonAdrian RurawheDeborah RussellJenny SalesaCarmel Sepuloni,Aupito William SioJamie StrangeJan TinettiRino TirikatenePhil TwyfordLouisa WallAngie Warren-ClarkDuncan WebbMeka WhaitiriPoto WilliamsMichael WoodMegan Woods

INDIVIDUAL NZ FIRST MPs: 
Darroch BallShane JonesJenny MarcroftRon MarkTracey MartinClayton MitchellMark PattersonWinston PetersFletcher Tabuteau

INDIVIDUAL GREEN MPs:  
Marama DavidsonJulie Anne GenterGolriz GhahramanGareth HughesJan LogieEugenie SageJames ShawChloe Swarbrick

 INDEPENDENT: 
Jami-Lee Ross

 ACT PARTY: 
David Seymour