assisted suicide en Assisted suicide, a call in Britain to change the law <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report published today calls for legal change to allow terminally ill people to be able to end their lives at a time of their own choosing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The right to end one&#39;s life when suffering from a fatal illness is one of the most contentious moral debates of our time. It is an increasingly common one, as more and more people deal with the reality that medical science can prolong the lives of the terminally ill, but the quality of that extended life cannot be guaranteed.</p> <p> It is also a legal issue, since many terminally ill people who wish to die need help with their suicides. Those who assist suicide in many countries can be prosecuted. As society has become more secular, religious strictures on suicide seem outdated. Yet it is religion that is the historical basis for laws against assisted suicide.</p> <p> There are several countries in Europe which have grappled with the legal question and changed their laws. In the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland the terminally ill can end life at a time of their own choosing, so assisting them is not a crime. The law in Britain, however, is very strict. Those who help terminally ill loved ones end their lives can be imprisoned for up to 14 years.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> assisted suicide Bishop of Carlisle Church of England Home Lord Falconer Regions right to die Terry Pratchett Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:03:20 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686092 at Deaf Belgian twins euthanized after discovering that they are going blind Two deaf 45-year-old brothers commited assisted suicide in Belgium in December after finding out they were going deaf, in a case that has brought euthanasia issues in Europe back into the spotlight.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> assisted suicide Belgium BeNeLux euthanasia Marc and Eddy Verbessem Want to Know Europe Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:34:00 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5734196 at