Why parliamentarians should oppose the Assisted Dying Bill

In May this year, crossbench Peer Baroness Meacher lodged new legislation to usher in assisted suicide for adults in England and Wales who have a terminal illness. The ‘Assisted Dying Bill’ will have its Second Reading in the House of Lords on Friday 22 October 2021. His­tory of UK assisted sui­cide proposals Baroness Meacher’s BillContinue reading “Why parliamentarians should oppose the Assisted Dying Bill”

Better Way

In 2021, Jamie helped found Better Way, a campaign that opposes assisted suicide and champions safety, dignity and equality. It raises awareness of dangers associated with assisted suicide and euthanasia, shares testimonies from people who stand to be affected by a change in the law, and highlights positive, alternative ways to help people facing terminal illnesses.Continue reading “Better Way”

The eugenicist roots of the assisted-dying movement – Sp!ked

There are media double standards when it comes to the debate over assisted dying in Scotland. The press seems all too willing to target the beliefs of those opposed to assisted dying, yet unwilling to look too closely at the roots of those in favour of it. Why? Because they seem to think there is something suspiciously Christian aboutContinue reading “The eugenicist roots of the assisted-dying movement – Sp!ked”

Don’t legalise assisted suicide – The Critic

Fresh legislation will soon be brought forward at the Scottish Parliament to legalise assisted suicide or, as it is often, euphemistically called “assisted dying”. At Westminster, similar plans have already been lodged in private member’s legislation by Baroness Meacher. Jersey is also expected to pursue a change in the law. The liklihood of assisted suicideContinue reading “Don’t legalise assisted suicide – The Critic”

Assisted suicide bill poses huge risks – Scottish Daily Mail

It is hugely dispiriting to learn that yet another attempt is to be made at Holyrood to change the law around assisted suicide.  Assisted suicide – or, as it is euphemistically termed ‘assisted dying’ – has been considered by the Scottish Parliament and the UK Parliament several times in recent years. In each instance, legislatorsContinue reading “Assisted suicide bill poses huge risks – Scottish Daily Mail”

Assisted suicide remains a dangerous step – MSPs must reject it

On Sunday, it was announced that a bill to legalise doctor-assisted suicide in Scotland will be brought before Holyrood. The news is hugely dispiriting. Assisted suicide – or, as it is euphemistically termed ‘assisted dying’ – has already been comprehensively rejected both by Holyrood and Westminster several times. The evidence from other jurisdictions, from thoseContinue reading “Assisted suicide remains a dangerous step – MSPs must reject it”

‘People will die in the dark’

In the fast-paced world of TV journalism you don’t often come across a discussion on a contentious topic that’s calm, nuanced, or profound. Interviewers can give short shrift to both sides of an argument and instead encourage confrontation between commentators to create ‘good television’ and clickbait headlines. But every so often there are exceptions toContinue reading “‘People will die in the dark’”

Should assisted dying be made legal in Scotland? Press & Journal

New guidance on preventing suicide was issued to every local authority in Scotland last month in a bid to harmonise the approach taken in different council areas. It is a hugely welcome initiative. Figures show that 833 people died of suicide in Scotland in 2019 – an average of two people every single day. TheseContinue reading “Should assisted dying be made legal in Scotland? Press & Journal”