A court’s rejection of the latest bid to legalise assisted suicide shows that a group of disabled activists, and the medical profession, are now leading the opposition to a change in the law, according to a disabled peer. Noel Conway, who is terminally-ill with motor neurone disease, wanted the high court to find that
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Disabled activists will need to seek out more “hard facts” if they want to fight off the continuing threat of efforts to persuade the courts to legalise assisted suicide, according to a crossbench peer. Baroness [Jane] Campbell spoke out after the campaign group of disabled people she founded, Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK),
A group of disabled activists – led by a crossbench peer – are to intervene in a legal case for the first time next week, in a bid to persuade three high court judges not to weaken the law to allow assisted suicide. Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), a campaign group of disabled
Disabled researchers who interviewed both opponents of legalising assisted suicide and those in favour of new laws have found “a surprising amount of common ground” between the two groups. The research, published by the national service-user and disabled people’s network Shaping Our Lives (SOL), found that “oversimplified” media reporting on the complex arguments for
Labour’s relationship with the disability movement has suffered another blow after the party invited a disabled people’s organisation to speak at a major consultation launch, and then withdrew the invitation after discovering what it was planning to speak about. The party’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams (pictured), had asked Greater Manchester Coalition
Disabled activists say they are “deeply concerned” by the “troubling” decision to appoint an outspoken supporter of legalising assisted suicide as the new minister for disabled people. Penny Mordaunt was appointed minister for disabled people, health and work, in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) this week after the sacking of Justin Tomlinson.
Disabled activists have welcomed the decision of doctors to vote strongly against relaxing their union’s position on physician-assisted suicide. The British Medical Association (BMA) voted by 63 per cent to 37 per cent this week at its annual representative meeting (ARM) in Belfast to maintain its current position of being opposed to physician-assisted suicide.
Disabled activists have expressed elation and relief at the overwhelming defeat of an assisted suicide bill in the House of Commons, but fear that another attempt to change the law may not be far away. The private members’ bill put forward by Labour MP Rob Marris, which would have legalised assisted suicide for people
Dennis Queen (pictured, right), a leading member of the campaign group Not Dead Yet UK, says the support of disabled academic Dr Tom Shakespeare for the assisted dying bill ignores its dangerous flaws What Tom has said is very disappointing to me. Tom seems more concerned about the few in a position to make
One of the leading disabled supporters of legalising assisted suicide has encouraged opponents by appearing to admit that there are crucial flaws in the legislation that will be debated by MPs next month. Comments by Dr Tom Shakespeare (pictured) this week suggest that there is no possibility that any safeguards introduced through the assisted