Laws are more than regulatory instruments-they send social message too and help to inform the values and social conscience of each society.

The debate on assisted suicide tends to focus on individual choice and personal testaments but we believe that the wider, societal picture must be considered too.

The articles and report below consider the societal impact of legalising assisted suicide.


The ‘good death’ – not something for doctors to prescribe.

Assisted suicide is a symptom of a deeper malaise and a distraction In a thoughtful and thought ....

Forget ‘Assisted Dying’, we need a debate about dying.

There has been too much focus on what is being called a ‘right to die’ and too little ....

Challenging the conspiracy of silence.

Three generations have been unable to observe the onset and progress of dying at first hand ....

The changing face of dying.

“We should challenge the conspiracy of silence that leaves many of us to live misinformed ....

A decisive rejection.

The House of Commons has rejected Rob Marris’s Assisted Dying Bill by a substantial majority ....

Assisted Dying No.2 Bill – Hansard Record.

House of Commons Rejects Rob Marris MP’s Assisted Dying No.2 Bill On 11 September the House ....

The Assisted Dying No. 2 Bill

It is neither right nor safe to change the law on assisting suicide Rob Marris’s Private ....

A positive agenda for the end of life.

A recently published report introduces a welcome and positive note into choice at the end of life ....

‘A Hidden Problem’: Research that raises more questions than it answers.

Deaths from physician-assisted suicide among terminally ill people in Oregon have been rising ....

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