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Who we are:
We are a national campaign and membership organisation. With our 25,000 supporters, we advocate greater choice and control to alleviate suffering at the end of life.
What we campaign for:
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Why the law needs to change:
In Oregon, where assisted dying was legalised in 1997, assisted dying works safely and effectively. Eligibility has never been extended beyond terminal illness, nor has there been pressure for such a change. Numbers are low – assisted deaths have never amounted to more than 0.25% of all deaths per year – and there is no evidence that potentially vulnerable groups (such as people with disabilities, or people who are over 85) are negatively affected.
People choose assisted dying for ‘person centred’ reasons, such as loss of autonomy, not due to external forces or lack of other options and nearly 100% of people assisted to die under the Oregon legislation were enrolled in hospice care.4 We know that around 40% of people who meet the strict safeguards to obtain the life-ending drugs never use them, simply taking comfort from having the option.
An assisted dying law gives a dying person choice and comfort, whilst providing better protection.