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Euthanasia - arguments from autonomy (triple helix - spring 2005)

There are concerns that the Mental Capacity Bill might let euthanasia in by the back door. [1] Intense interest also surrounds the Report of the House of Lord’s Select Committee considering Lord Joffe’s Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill, [2] which if ever enacted would allow ‘front door’ physician...

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Why we shouldn’t legalise euthanasia (nucleus - spring 2005)

J was a patient of mine in general practice. He had been action man personified in work and sport, but several years of progressive multiple sclerosis with no remissions had left him almost tetraplegic. He was well looked after, with maximum nursing and homecare input, and despite no specific treatment...

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Four reasons derived from respect for autonomy why euthanasia should not be legalised:

1) Following the patient's autonomy impacts that of the doctor It is self evident that where a patient's autonomy is followed to the extent of their receiving a prescription for lethal medication or being put to death at the end...
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High Court allows suicide trip

6th December 2004: A 66 year old British woman with cerebellar ataxia has travelled to Zurich for physician assisted suicide. Mrs Z died there after a landmark case did not prevent her husband from accompanying her, as she was too ill...
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(published: bbc.co.uk 2004; 6 December, Guardian 2004; 4 December)

Christians must stand in way of plans to legalise Euthanasia - Proposed Bill to introduce euthanasia on 'knife edge' (11/11/2004)

The Christian Medical Fellowship has urged Christians to stand in the way of new laws that will allow 'Dutch-style' euthanasia to take place in Britain. Lord Joffe's Assisted...
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The Mental Capacity Bill - Gateway to Euthanasia? (triple helix - autumn 2004)

The draft Mental Capacity Bill[1] was published this summer following a decade of discussion and negotiation. One of the remarkable things about the bill is how long it has taken to come to parliament. This is largely due to the considerable input from various faith-based and 'pro-life' organisations, including CMF,...

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Submission from CMF to the Select Committee of the House of Lords on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill (03/09/2004)

Introduction The Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) is an interdenominational organisation with more than 4,500 members. The membership comprises British doctors who are Christians and who desire their professional and personal...
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Patient wins right-to-life ruling

30th July 2004: A High Court judge has declared that the General Medical Council's (GMC) guidelines on withdrawing food and fluids are unlawful. Leslie Burke, who sought a judicial review of the guidelines, is a 44 year old disability rights adviser who suffers...
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(published: BMJ 2004;329:72, bbc.co.uk 2004; 30 July, timesonline.co.uk 2004; 30 July, telegraph.co.uk 2004; 31 July)

Christian Medical Fellowship urges Christians to Contribute to Assisted Dying Consultation (27/07/2004)

Proposed Bill flies in the face of foundations of medicine says CMF The Christian Medical Fellowship has today called on Christians to protest against an attempt by a member...
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Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill - A dangerous document that Christian doctors should oppose

Briefing Paper on Lord Joffe's Private Member's Bill - A new Bill attempting to legalise Dutch-style euthanasia throughout Britain is now the subject of a Select Committee in the House of Lords. Lord Joffe's Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill...
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