Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Temporary pause

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this blog will be paused for the next few weeks. However, we hope to return to it in due course.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Opposing views on assisted suicide

The Guardian newspaper has published a debate between Mary Warnock, who passionately believes that assisted suicide should be lagal, and Cristina Odone, a Christian writer who is against its legalisation. Both women have experienced the loss of loved ones under difficult conditions. Although there is no "real conclusion" to the detabe, it is important to have positions seen and analysed in order to derive a personal perspective.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Euthanasia Series on Channel 4

Alaistair Thompson has alerted us of a series on euthanasia which will be shown on Channel 4. All of the video clips are available in the following website.

There is also the possibility of posting comments on the wesbite. We thought it might be an interesting resource for everyone to look into.
This is the way Alaistair let us know about the series:
We would like your feedback on a series of films about euthanasia showing on Channel 4 next week. encourages constructive debates about religious and ethical issues in our society. Each week we look at a different theme, and next week we are exploring attitudes towards euthanasia, and asking whether it should be legalised in Britain. We have tried our hardest to fairly represent both sides of the debate, and show both people who believe assisted suicides should be legalised to limit the suffering of terminal illnesses, and people who don't for religious and potential misuse reasons. The 90 second films will be airing after the news every evening on Channel 4 (around 7:55pm). Viewers can then share their own thoughts and feelings about euthanasia, respond to individual films and reply to other viewer comments on our website

This is obviously a contentious and extremely emotional issue. In order to generate meaningful dialogue on the website, which may be of use to individuals and support groups, it would be a fantastic help if you could ask your members, colleagues and friends to watch the films and respond online afterwards. We are interested in all thoughts related to the films, whether you agree with the speaker or strongly oppose what they say, and hope people will share also share personal views and and experiences. We always encourage people to be open and honest when commenting, and you can remain anonymous if you wish.

This is an outline of the speakers views and transmission times.

Monday 17th January, 7:55pm – Lesley Close
Lesley Close’s brother John had Motor Neurone Disease. In 2003 Lesley accompanied him to a suicide clinic in Switzerland where she witnessed his “dignified and amazing” death.

Monday 17th January, 7:58pm – Sarah Meagher
Christian Sarah Meagher’s husband died of cancer four years ago. Sarah believes that only God has the right to take a life and neither she nor her husband would have wanted his death to be hastened in any way.

Tuesday 18th January, 7:55pm – Martin Amis
Author Martin Amis believes that euthanasia is an evolutionary inevitability. Martin recently caused controversy by putting forward the idea of suicide booths on street corners and thinks that future generations will look back at how we have abandoned people to their longevity as “barbaric”.

Wednesday 19th January, 7:55pm – Michael Wenham
Christian Michael Wenham was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease nine years ago. He believes his life is now richer than it was before his illness and that euthanasia is a selfish act that fails to take account of the feelings of those who are left behind.

Thursday 20th January, 7:55pm – Dr Michael Irwin
Dr Michael Irwin believes that it is a doctor’s duty to ease a patient’s suffering and wants to see a change in the law that would allow doctor-assisted suicide for those who are terminally ill. He has personally accompanied patients to the Dignitas suicide clinic in Switzerland to help them end their lives.

Friday 21st January, 7:25pm – (anti euthanasia doctor)
Saturday 22nd January, 6:55pm – Dr Ann McPherson
Dr Ann McPherson has terminal cancer. She will almost certainly die within the next six to twelve months. Ann hopes that, when the time comes, she will be able to have the option of an assisted death in Britain.

Sunday 23rd January, 7:55pm –Kevin Fitzpatrick
Kevin Fitzpatrick believes that legalising euthanasia in Britain would be a terrible mistake and that many more disabled people would die as a result. Kevin believes that we should put our energies into improving palliative care services rather than trying to make it easier for people to hasten their deaths.

All of the films are available to watch online immediately after they broadcast, and for the next 6 months, here