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Death with Dignity - An open letter to MPs and Peers

Lord Joffe reintroduced his Assisted Dying for the Teminally Ill Bill on 9 November 2005 in a form that would legalise assisted suicide but not euthanasia – along the lines of the Oregon model. The bill will be debated, but...
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Open letter to Mr James Johnson, Chairman of Council, BMA

Mr James North Johnson FRCS Chairman of Council BMA BMA House Tavistock Square London WC1H 9JP 29 July 2005 Dear Mr Johnson, Re: 'Assisted Dying' and corporate governance at the BMA Further to my previous letter of 22 June 2005...
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CMF deeply regrets BMA delegates adopting neutral position on euthanasia (30/06/2005)

The Christian Medical Fellowship has expressed deep regret that the BMA has decided to reverse its previous opposition to euthanasia and physician assisted suicide and adopt a neutral position. Delegates...
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Christian doctors applaud Nurses’ stand on Euthanasia (26/04/2005)

The UK’s largest association of Christian doctors has today applauded the continuing opposition to euthanasia of the Royal College of Nursing. CMF General Secretary Peter Saunders said, ‘the country’s nurses...
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Euthanasia: end of the phoney war

The report on Lord Joffe's Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill bill was finally released on Monday. For those of us arguing that Britain is 'sleepwalking into euthanasia' the content was less concerning than it might have been, and the...
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Lords report on Assisted Dying Bill

4th April 2005: The Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill (Joffe Bill) reported on 4 April. The Committee's role was to examine the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill and make recommendations to Parliament. For further information...
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Christian doctors and lawyers regret Select Committee did not unequivocally reject euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (04/04/2005)

‘Pope’s example demonstrates what real ‘death with dignity’ means The Christian Medical Fellowship and Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, Britain’s largest organisations of Christian doctors and lawyers, today regretted that the Lords’...
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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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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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The euthanasia bandwagon - Propelled by medical fence-sitting and indifference (triple helix - winter 2005)

The Mental Capacity Bill,[1] which gives full statutory force to advance refusals of food and fluids, passed its third reading in the House of Commons on 14 December 2004 by a majority of 354 to 118 amidst huge controversy about it bringing in 'back-door euthanasia'.[2] The government employed a three-line...

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