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Some of the public reaction to Virginia Ironside advocating smothering a suffering child was deeply disturbing

Many viewers watching BBC1’s religious programme Sunday Morning Live last weekend will have been shocked to hear agony aunt Virginia Ironside advocating smothering a suffering child as an act of motherly love. Her actual words? ‘If I were the mother of a suffering child – […]


Dignity in Dying (formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society) extends its definition of ‘terminally ill’ to twelve months

The campaign group Dignity in Dying (formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society) prides itself on being more modest in the scope of its taste for medical killing that other more radical groups like SOARS, FATE, Exit International or Dignitas. But careful listeners to Radio Four’s ‘Exit […]


What will it take for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) actually to prosecute someone for assisted suicide?

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer, whose job it is to prosecute people who break the law, announced last Friday that he did not consider it to be in the public interest to bring a case against former GP Michael Irwin (pictured), for […]


The case of Howard Martin shows why we should not accept any law allowing ‘compassionate killing’

Dr Howard Martin, a now retired Co Durham MP, was struck off on Friday by the General Medical Council (GMC) for giving excessive morphine doses to 18 dying patients. He has since admitted, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that he deliberately hastened the […]


DPP guidelines due out soon – will they just be a licence for legalisation of assisted suicide by stealth?

Attempts in the House of Lords both in 2006 (Joffe) and 2009 (Falconer) failed to legalise assisted suicide in this country. The medical profession (BMA and Royal Colleges), faith groups and disability groups also remain firmly opposed to a change in the law. However we […]