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Nationwide election campaign to stop assisted suicide and increase funding for palliative care launched as hospices face £77 million funding gap
June 19, 2024

Nationwide election campaign to stop assisted suicide and increase funding for palliative care launched as…

Press release - Nationwide election campaign to stop assisted suicide and increase funding for palliative care launched as hospices face £77 million funding gap
June 19, 2024

Press release - Nationwide anti-assisted suicide election campaign launched as hospices face £77 million funding…

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June 4, 2024

Explainer: What does Farage's return mean for the abortion debate?

Assisted suicide legislation terrifying for people with disabilities, says actress Liz Carr
May 8, 2024

Assisted suicide legislation "terrifying" for people with disabilities, says actress Liz Carr

Large number of MPs speak out against assisted suicide
April 30, 2024

Large number of MPs speak out against assisted suicide

16-year-olds with anorexia could be granted assisted suicide in Scotland, expert warns
April 24, 2024

16-year-olds with anorexia could be granted assisted suicide in Scotland, expert warns

Scotland Support for assisted suicide on the decline
April 18, 2024

Scotland: Support for assisted suicide on the decline

Assisted suicide numbers highest ever as Oregon sees 32% increase in a single year
April 15, 2024

Assisted suicide numbers highest ever as Oregon sees 32% increase in a single year

John Cooper Clarke, TV presenter, poet and comedian, has spoken out in opposition to assisted suicide in a conversation with The Telegraph. The 75-year-old stated “I’m totally against assisted dying”. He went on to say “I’m sure people have the most heartbreaking tales to tell but extreme cases make for bad legislation. The whole issue is literally a matter of life and death, and in Europe, where it’s legal, we’re already seeing a mission creep where people are ending their lives for things like incurable depression”. “Just because someone is feeling a bit hopeless that’s no reason to kill them or help them to kill themselves, and to make it worse it’s dressed up in the language of human rights, as if there were some kind of liberation to it”, he added. “I just don’t see how helping people die improves life as we know it”. The poet’s comments come after some have suggested his poem “Bed Blocker Blues”, which describes the ageing process and references euthanasia, might be a statement in support of assisted suicide. A range of celebrities have spoken out in support of assisted suicide in recent years Most recently, Dame Esther Rantzen has said that she has joined Dignitas and may go to Switzerland to seek assisted suicide should her lung cancer treatment not improve her condition. Public support for assisted suicide remains mixed in spite of advocates claiming widespread support Assisted suicide advocates frequently cite polling commissioned and funded by assisted suicide campaigning group, Dignity in Dying, which shows a large majority of the general public support a change in the law. This group has repeated this polling a number of times with similar wording for the questions. Academics have been highly critical of this polling, with two experts from the respected Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University saying that the polling was ‘skewed and ambiguous’. Media coverage of the review of the polling outlined that “The survey… failed to give people the option to say they were ‘don’t knows’. Instead it pushed them into giving answers in favour of assisted dying by asking over-long and leading questions using loaded language – such as saying that assisted dying would help those in ‘unbearable suffering’. Answers in favour of assisted dying were placed first among the options for people considering the questions…”. Polling from overseas shows that when the words ‘assisted suicide’ are used in polls, the majority in favour of introducing assisted suicide falls, sometimes by up to 20%. Whether respondents to a poll are exposed to counterarguments to the introduction of assisted suicide also appears to have an impact on the percentages of respondents who state they support introducing assisted suicide. In one poll, undertaken by Savanta ComRes, of people in England, Scotland and Wales, support for assisted suicide dropped from 73% to 43% when respondents were presented with counterarguments. A poll that was run only in Scotland showed similar results. Polling from Savanta ComRes found that 51% of people, when asked if they “would be concerned that some people would feel pressurised into accepting help to take their own life so as not to be a burden on others if assisted suicide were legal”, said yes. Only 25% disagreed. In the same poll, 48% surveyed said that giving GPs “the power to help patients commit suicide” would “fundamentally change the relationship between a doctor and patient, since GPs are currently under a duty to protect and preserve the lives of patients”. Just 23% of people disagreed with that statement. Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said “It is encouraging to hear of a public figure such as John Cooper Clarke speaking out in opposition to assisted suicide, when so often the dominant voice in the media is to the contrary. Hopefully, this will encourage more celebrities to express their views in support of life, as these figures can often influence their audiences”.
April 4, 2024

Writer of “Bed Blocker Blues” denies supporting assisted suicide: “I’m totally against assisted dying”

“No dignity” for family of Irish man who died by assisted suicide
January 10, 2024

“No dignity” for family of Irish man who died by assisted suicide

Assisted suicide lobbyist caught peddling misinformation on national TV
October 10, 2023

Assisted suicide lobbyist caught peddling misinformation on national TV

Dignity in Dying’s poll shows drop in support for assisted suicide in Scotland
October 5, 2023

Dignity in Dying’s poll shows drop in support for assisted suicide in Scotland

Major review published in the BMJ reveals widespread problems with Oregon’s assisted suicide regime
October 4, 2023

Major review published in BMJ journal reveals widespread problems with Oregon’s assisted suicide regime

“Euthanasia houses” to be set up across Canada under plans proposed by euthanasia group
September 22, 2023

“Euthanasia houses” to be set up across Canada under plans proposed by euthanasia group

Yousaf no to assisted suicide
September 7, 2023

First Minister and Health Secretary of Scotland state opposition to assisted suicide

Over 100 doctors vote to have BMA investigate negative impact of Canada’s extreme euthanasia regime
July 5, 2023

Over 100 doctors vote to have BMA investigate negative impact of Canada’s extreme euthanasia regime