Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
In 2003, the Trust 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 Trust supports research and education in the areas of teenage pregnancy, contraception and sexually transmitted infections.
The 2007 Unicef report “An Overview of Child Well-Being in Rich Countries” put UK children at the bottom of a league table for child well-being across 21 industrialised countries.
It revealed that the UK has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in Europe and this rate included pregnancies in under age girls. Almost 40% of children of 15 and under in the UK reported having had sex, the highest percentage of all countries in the report.
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.