Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

The Trust has funded a survey conducted among 1000 randomly selected doctors on the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide. This survey showed that:

  • 76% would refuse to perform euthanasia if made legal
  • 74% would refuse to perform assisted suicide if made legal
  • The groups least likely to perform euthanasia and assisted suicide were in palliative and geriatric medicine and oncologists
  • No doctors in palliative care would be prepared to perform assisted suicide
  • 2 in 3 doctors thought that pressure for euthanasia and assisted suicide would be lessened if more resources were available for the hospice movement
  • The majority thought it would be impossible to set safe bounds on euthanasia

The Unborn Child

The Trust aims to fund research into the learning capacity of the unborn child, foetal pain and other subjects relating to the unborn child about which very little is currently known.