Disability rights activist and Silent Witness star, Liz Carr, has spoken out of her opposition to legalising assisted suicide in the UK, after The Sunday Times expressed their support for making assisted suicide legal.
An attempt to push for a bill that would legalise euthanasia in France has failed after the French parliament delayed the proposal to the point where a vote on the bill was impossible. Furthermore, after engaging in a long debate, Latvia have also rejected a petition that called for legalising euthanasia.
A recent report on assisted suicide in Oregon shows that over 53% of people killed by assisted suicide in 2020 reported the fear of being a burden on family, friends or other caregivers as a reason for wanting assisted suicide. This statistic is sadly consistent with reports from previous years, 54% in 2018, and other states, such as Washington where 51% people gave this as a reason for assisted suicide.
The lower parliament of Spain have recently passed a law that will legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide for "a serious and incurable disease or a serious, chronic and incapacitating condition”. Catholic leaders have described this new legislation as a “defeat for all”.
Towards the end of 2020, the parliament in Argentina voted to legalise abortion, despite strong public opposition. However, last month, a provincial judge ruled that the new abortion law is unconstitutional after a former senator filed a law suit against San Luis Province.
Kathleen Rogers, who suffers with a terminal illness, has written a powerful response in the Irish Times expressing concern over the proposed bill to legalise Assisted Suicide in Ireland, particularly pointing out the negative message the legalisation of this bill could send to people who have been terminal illnesses like she does.