My Death, My Decision

My Death, My Decision

At a glance

Causes

  • Campaigning
  • Human rights

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain

Objectives

MDMD’s campaign is driven by compassion for mentally competent adults who are terminally ill and/or incurably suffering and who want the certainty of knowing that the timing, place and manner of their death is under their control. Thus we believe that people who live in the UK should be given the opportunity of a medically assisted death if that is their considered choice.

At present, those who can afford it can choose to go for help to one of several organisations in Switzerland, where assisted dying is available even for non-residents. However, there is a number of practical and legal issues for those who do so – and this route unfairly rules out many people who would like to do so but do not have the resources. Hence our campaign in the UK.

One of our patrons is Paul Lamb, who has recently launched a legal challenge against the government to give him the certainty he seeks, should he reach the stage where he wishes to avail himself of medical assistance – you can see his message of support on our website home page. We also support a separate legal challenge by another of our members, Phil Newby. The launch of these cases is in the public domain.

By working to change the law MDMD will, if successful, bring considerable comfort to many people who already face considerable challenges and allow them to die with dignity in a place and in the presence of those they choose.

Activities

In practice, legal change will come only when Parliament legislates for it. Accordingly, we are working to forge good working relationships with MPs sympathetic to our campaign.

However, there are many influential groups with which we need to have a dialogue so that concerns likely to be raised by MPs can be addressed – those include medical, religious and disability organisations.

We seek every opportunity to influence key players.

Recent examples of our work include:

  • commissioning an opinion poll by NatCen, identifying that 93% of people think assisted dying is acceptable in at least some situations;
  • forming a Medical Group, with high profile members, to develop the medical perspective on assisted dying;
  • producing a film called Faith and Assisted Dying that included representatives of different faiths, explaining the theological approach to assisted dying;
  • writing an open letter to the Secretary of State for Justice about the need to change the law, signed by many key players with a medical, religious and disability background and published in The Guardian;
  • preparing a briefing note for MPs in preparation for a parliamentary debate on assisted dying, leading to an MP mentioning MDMD in Parliament.

We are also founder members of the Assisted Dying Coalition.

Current opportunities

My Death, My Decision campaigns for a compassionate assisted dying law. In our campaign we are dedicated to engage all sectors of our communities...

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My Death, My Decision wants the law to allow those who are terminally ill or incurably suffering the option of a legal, safe, and compassionate...