Assisted Dying: where to from here? with Polly Toynbee | Assisted Dying Coalition
Everyone should have the right to make decisions about the end of their lives and no one should be forced to suffer a painful, drawn out, and undignified death when alternatives are available.
Join Polly Toynbee as she leads our discussion with the Assisted Dying Coalition, campaigners at the forefront of the drive to legalise assisted dying across the UK and Crown Dependencies.
Polly Toynbee is patron of My Death, My Decision and Vice President of Humanists UK. She is an award-winning columnist and journalist. She has spoken about assisted dying in her column and various TV appearances and recently wrote for the Guardian, 'Today, 17 people will likely die in unimaginable pain. Here’s how you can help stop that'.
Emma Cooper is the convenor of Friends at the End (FATE), a leading campaign group in Scotland. In Scotland, the Assisted Dying Bill will enter the first stage early this year, after 36 MSPs backed the move. With considerable support already in the Scottish Parliament, legislation is within reach.
Michael Talibard leads End of Life Choices Jersey, a group leading the way when it comes to assisted dying legislation. Jersey Assembly members voted to approve assisted dying ‘in principle’ in 2021 following a Citizens’ Jury, votes on the law are expected to pass, and legislation should come into effect by the end of 2025.
Vicky Christian, head of Let Me Choose which has now become MDMD Isle of Man, leads the campaign for assisted dying there. Members of the island’s Parliament voted 22-to-2 for the Bill to be introduced. A draft Bill should be published soon and will then be reviewed by a committee of the Tynwald (Isle of Man’s Parliament).
Trevor Moore, Chair of My Death, My Decision (MDMD), is a co-founder of the Assisted Dying Coalition with Humanists UK. MDMD campaigns in both England and Wales for a compassionate law for the incurably ill and intolerably suffering.
Kathy Riddick is Wales Humanists Coordinator, a member of the Assisted Dying Coalition, and has contributed to Humanists UK submissions to the Isle of Man, Jersey, and the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry on assisted dying.