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A right to die or a step too far? Assisted dying and being ‘tired of life’

Prof Suzanne Ost

This blogs considers the case of Anne, recently reported to have received an assisted death at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland because she was tired of life and the digital age. 1,198 more words


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The topic of Assisted Suicide is constantly being brought up time after time within the media, often surrounded by cases of claimed injustice where those who are terminally wish to have a right to end their own life.   It is the inhumanity and lack of dignity that follows from such terminally illnesses that the sufferers fear most.   While public support appears to favour allowing for Assisted Suicide in the UK, how far do we extended our justification of "suffering".   The case of Anne which was reported this month, tells the story of an 89 year old British woman who simple became 'tired of life' and so committed suicide with the assistance of the Dignitas clinic is Switzerland. Anne from Sussex was a retired art teacher and former Royal Navy engineer who in her application to Dignitas reportedly described her life as “full, with so many adventures and tremendous independence”, but had recently found her strength and health fading and feared the prospect of a prolonged period in hospital or a nursing home.   She had expressed her discontent with the modern world of emails, TVs, computers and supermarket ready meals.   She was neither terminally ill nor seriously handicapped when she died.   Anne killed herself on the 27 March.   Just the day before, David Cameron said he would oppose the relaxing of assisted suicide laws in Britain on the grounds that people could feel “unfairly pressurised” into ending their lives.   The Prime Minister intervened when the Liberal Democrat Care Minister, Norman Lamb, claimed that proposed legislation to legalise the practice among terminally ill adults with less than six months to live had achieved “quite widespread public support”.   Assisted suicide remains a criminal offence in England and Wales, technically punishable by up to 14 years in prison – though Crown Prosecution Service guidelines indicate anyone acting with compassion to fulfil a dying person’s wishes is unlikely to face criminal charges.

A very good documentary about the Dignitas clinic and how it operates as well as getting a first hand view of what is involved in using such services is included below along with an interesting piece by Prof Ost on Assisted Dying:


I’ve had M.S for about 13 years now, its definitely made me take a different path than what I wanted.  Even now it limits me in the choices I make.  546 more words

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