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Robert Marris' Bill "Provides no Safeguard" for the Vulnerable

Robert Marris' Bill "Provides no Safeguard" for the Vulnerable

A new attempt to legalise assisted dying in the UK has become the sixth of its kind in the last 12 years. The new bill has strong parallels with Lord Falconer's failed version last year, but puts power in the hands of a court judge to decide if an individual is entitled to euthanasia.

The proposal is severely flawed, designed to lead to a 'rubber stamp' system whereby the judge will rely entirely on the decision of the doctor. With only a two-week window in which to make the decision, it is unclear how the judge - who will have little understanding of the home circumstances of the patient, or their interpretation of themselves as a burden - will be able to make an informed decision about the value of someone's life.

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New defeat in Connecticut for assisted suicide/euthanasia

New defeat in Connecticut for assisted suicide/euthanasia

Connecticut has become the latest New England state of the US to reject assisted suicide/euthanasia legislation.
Following New Hampshire and Massachusetts just recently, disability advocates helped the state's Public Health Committee understand the realities of such legislation for elder abuse and the particular dangers disabled people face.

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First complaint against Belgian euthanasia doctor

First complaint against Belgian euthanasia doctor

Dr Tom Mortier's mother was killed by Belgium's leading euthanasia doctor in 2012. Now he, and Dr Georges Casteur, have lodged an official complaint against this doctor with Belgian medical authorities.

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