Archive: Assisted Suicide

The supreme court dismissed a challenge to the law on assisted suicide last week

Comment: MPs don't need to change the law on assisted suicide

Many will be thankful the ban on assisted suicide remains while being sympathetic to the tragic, difficult circumstances of those who are desperate for death and often, but not always, very ill.

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  • BHA: Assisted suicide cases rejected by Court of Appeal

    The Court of Appeal has today dismissed the widely publicised cases of Jane Nicklinson, the widow of Tony Nicklinson, who sought an assisted death and Paul Lamb, immobilised after a road accident and seeking the right to an assisted death.

  • BHA: First step towards assisted dying bill in Scotland welcomed

    An independent Member of the Scottish Parliament has taken the first step towards introducing a bill legalising assisted suicide in Scotland, a move welcomed by the British Humanist Association (BHA) as ‘Progress in the campaign for a compassionate law that respects the rights of the individual whilst protecting the vulnerable’.

  • BHA: MPs' support for assisted dying guidance 'a welcome first step'

    Assisted dying was debated in the House of Commons yesterday, the first major debate on the issue since 1997. After almost five hours, MPs agreed without a vote to endorse the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPPs’) guidelines on when to prosecute individuals for assisting another to die. However, a further motion, which would have invited the government to consult as to whether to put the guidance on a statutory basis, was not supported.

  • BHA supports Tony Nicklinson’s legal case for a new approach on assisted dying

    Tony Nicklinson, a paralysed man who is campaigning for a doctor to be allowed to lawfully end his life, is having his case heard at the High Court this week. As a result of a stroke in 2005, he suffers from ‘locked-in syndrome’, which means that he is of sound mind, but is paralysed from the neck down and is unable to speak. Mr Nicklinson wants the judges presiding over his case to rule that, if he makes the informed decision to end his life, a doctor will be immune from prosecution if they help him to do so. The British Humanist Association (BHA) supports Mr Nicklinson’s legal case, and in addition to this, would also like to see legislation in Parliament to legalise assisted dying.

  • CARE: BBC not impartial

    CARE: BBC not impartial

    Nola Leach, chief executive of CARE, calls for BBC to show other side of the assisted suicide argument.

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