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Medically assisted suicide: Compassionate or criminal?

Medically assisted suicide: Compassionate or criminal? | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

 'I write you as a 90-year-old senior. Medically assisted suicide presents a comfort zone to elderly seniors.' A moving and short reminder of why we support people having the option to choose when to die. 

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Death comes eventually to all of us, and most people want to be allowed to die quietly and easily. Unfortunately the dying process often means a lot of pain and distress to ourselves and those around us. End of life choices for a dignified death should be a right for all.
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Why we Support Voluntary Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

Friends at the End (FATE) a Member Society of the World Federation of Right To Die Societies. Their site offers information on the case for supporting legislation on Assisted Suicide. 

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veryVery very important topic.

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Nationalist politician and campaigner Margo MacDonald dies aged 70

Nationalist politician and campaigner Margo MacDonald dies aged 70 | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

Lothians MSP was a pivotal figure in Scottish politics in the second half of the 20th century. In recent years, she emerged as an activist for the right to assisted suicide, after revealing her own Parkinson's diagnosis in 2002.

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Assisted suicide bill is laudable, but poorly drafted

Assisted suicide bill is laudable, but poorly drafted | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

A bill on physician-assisted suicide is being considered by the Scottish parliament. It is the second attempt by independent member Margo MacDonald, who has Parkinson’s disease, to get such a law onto the statute book.

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Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Imagine you were suffering a terminal or severely life-shortening condition. Wouldn't you want to talk openly and honestly about your situation with your doctor? Wouldn't you want the choice to be able to end your own life? Wouldn't you at least want to know more and be in charge? You might choose to act or you might not, but the decision should be up to you.

For more information go to www.lifedeathchoice.org.uk
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Son supports parents' suicide pact

Son supports parents' suicide pact | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
A SON is backing the right to die after his parents committed suicide in each others' arms.
Tai Altman kissed his mother and father goodbye and gave them his blessing, knowing they were going to kill themselves in a tragic pact.
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Assisted suicide should be legalised, according to two-thirds of Scots - Scottish Daily Record

Assisted suicide should be legalised, according to two-thirds of Scots - Scottish Daily Record | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Scotsman Assisted suicide should be legalised, according to two-thirds of Scots Scottish Daily Record A total of 69per cent of those questioned in a new study said they wanted the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, being put forward by independent...
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Preparing for Death as the Capstone for the Individuation Process

Preparing for Death as the Capstone for the Individuation Process | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

Together we will examine carefully what it means to prepare for death, using one particular approach to individuation as a framework for our time together. By exploring preparations for death in terms of sensation, feeling, thinking and intuition, the four psychological functions according to Jung, we will move toward realizing wholeness and away from one-sidedness.

 

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A live webinar that might be of interest to some this saturday.

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Corrie actress: Why I back assisted suicides

Corrie actress: Why I back assisted suicides | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Julie Hesmondhalgh, 43, plays Hayley Cropper (right alongside husband, Roy) who is suffering from incurable cancer and will commit suicide in Monday’s episode of the soap opera.
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The Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
The Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland's National Academy of Science & Letters. It is an independent body with charitable status. The Society organises conferences and lectures for the specialist and for the general public.
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This life-affirming day (9.30 - 5pm) will explore human mortality, the body, and how we might consider and prepare for death.

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Strangers could avoid prosecution for assisted suicide

Strangers could avoid prosecution for assisted suicide | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
DPP points to controversial “Dr Death” case in signal that strangers who help people to die could avoid prosecution for assisted suicide
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Yes, the “slippery slope” is real, says assisted suicide supporter

Yes, the “slippery slope” is real, says assisted suicide supporter | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

National Right to Life News Yes, the “slippery slope” is real, says assisted suicide supporter BioEdge Claudia Carr, of the University of Hertfordshire, told the first Global Conference on Suicide, Self-Harm and Assisted Dying in Athens

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Margo MacDonald:'Assisted suicide bill could succeed due to public support' - stv.tv

Margo MacDonald:'Assisted suicide bill could succeed due to public support' - stv.tv | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

Margo MacDonald:'Assisted suicide bill could succeed due to public support

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Death Is Having a Moment

Death Is Having a Moment | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Fueled by social networking, the growing “death movement” is a reaction against the sanitization of death that has persisted in American culture since the 1800s.
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SOCIETY FOR OLD AGE RATIONAL SUICIDE

SOCIETY FOR OLD AGE RATIONAL SUICIDE | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

The main long-term objective of SOARS is to get the law eventually changed in the UK so that very elderly, mentally competent individuals, who are suffering unbearably from various health problems (although none of them is “terminal”) are allowed to receive a doctor’s assistance to die, if this is their persistent choice.

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Teacher committed suicide at Dignitas after being 'left behind by digital age'

Teacher committed suicide at Dignitas after being 'left behind by digital age' | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Anne, 89, complained that computers were turning people in to robots and said she would rather die than adapt
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Volunteers ready to help patients if assisted suicide becomes law

Volunteers ready to help patients if assisted suicide becomes law | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

One volunteer told STV News she had been persuaded after working with grieving relatives. At least 25 people have volunteered to help people end their lives if assisted suicide is legalised in Scotland.

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Doctors back assisted suicide bill

Doctors back assisted suicide bill | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

A group of doctors including a surgeon and a professor of neurology have spoken out in support a bill legalising assisted suicide.

The 11 medical experts are backing a bill proposed by MSP Margo MacDonald which would change the law in Scotland.

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‘Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States

‘Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Advocates of the practice, who shun the term “assisted suicide,” say they believe that as baby boomers watch frail parents suffer, support for their movement will grow further.
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Libby Wilson from FATE explains some distinctions as she sees them: "The essence of the problem is that Assisted Dying and 'Euthanasia' are not coterminous. Euthanasia = Another person killing somebody at that person's request. Always formerly referred to as VOLUNTARY euthanasia but now this adjective is often considered redundant. Assisted Dying = Another person providing the means for someone to end their life themselves when they are within 6 months of death. Assisted Suicide = Another person providing the means for someone to end their life themselves when they are terminally ill or are suffering intolerably from an incurable illness"
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Jan Wong: assisted suicide may be controversial, but my generation wants a say in how we die |

Jan Wong: assisted suicide may be controversial, but my generation wants a say in how we die | | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
If my generation gets its way (and we usually do), the agonizing assisted suicide debate will soon be over.
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Asks a simple question, why oh why not let patients decide for themselves how they want to check out of this life?
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Irish resident among 202 people to have assisted suicide in 2013

Irish resident among 202 people to have assisted suicide in 2013 | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Swiss-based organisation Dignitas sees record number of such deaths last year
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Dealing With Death In A Digital Age

Dealing With Death In A Digital Age | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
What happens when someone dies, but her profile doesn't?
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A delicate issue worth talking about with your loved ones if they use social media?

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Big majority of disabled people support assisted dying for the terminally ill

Big majority of disabled people support assisted dying for the terminally ill | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
Just 8% of disabled people surveyed in a new Yougov poll for Dignity in Dying believe that disability rights groups should maintain their opposition to assisted dying.
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Tribunals needed for assisted suicide in UK

Tribunals needed for assisted suicide in UK | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
A new tribunal style system to provide sympathetic and speedy consideration for each and every terminally-ill patient who wishes to end their lives is needed according to a British law professor.
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Belgium, where death becomes the norm, living the exception

Belgium, where death becomes the norm, living the exception | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
A documentary about ten years of legal euthanasia is a touchstone for radically different approaches to suffering.
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Assisted suicide bill has real chance, says Margo - Scotsman

Assisted suicide bill has real chance, says Margo - Scotsman | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it

Scotsman Assisted suicide bill has real chance, says Margo Scotsman A CONTROVERSIAL bill that would legalise assisted suicide will not be blocked by Scotland's party leaders.

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What is Death Cafe

What is Death Cafe | Assisted Dying | Scoop.it
At a Death Cafe people gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.
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