The College of Psychiatrists in Ireland has issued a stark warning against legalising Assisted Suicide, saying it could place vulnerable patients at risk and cautioning that such deaths are often not peaceful, “may be inhumane”, and may result in “considerable and protracted suffering.”
Irish Doctors have highlighted the importance of palliative care for people with terminal illnesses whilst expressing support for the recent decision from the Oireachtas Committee on Justice which rejected the Assisted Suicide Bill.
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”.