2. 1. Suicide to cease to be a crime.
2. Criminal liability for complicity in another’s suicide.
I)A person who aids, abets, counsels or procures the suicide of another, or
an attempt by another to commit suicide, shall be liable on conviction on
indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.
II)If on the trial of an indictment for murder or manslaughter it is proved that
the accused aided, abetted, counselled or procured the suicide of the
person in question, the jury may find him guilty of that offence.
5. The Director of Public Prosecutions
undertook a survey in September 2009 to
create a snapshot of public opinion
resulting in the creation of the Policy for
Prosecutors in respect of encouraging or
6. The taking of life goes against the
teachings of God.
H1: High levels of religiosity will result in a
negative attitude towards euthanasia and
Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS).
7. Kouwenhoven et al (2010).
British Social Attitudes Survey (2007).
Harrison and Jeffrey (2012).
H2: A care based course of study or
occupation will result in negative attitudes
towards euthanasia and PAS.
8. If the person seeking to end their life is older
and perceived as having lived a full life will
there be a more positive attitude than if the
person making the same decisions were
younger and perceived as being at the start of
their adult life.
H3: The increased age of the person
requesting end of life support will result in a
positive attitude towards euthanasia and PAS.
9. The Hayley Cropper storyline in Coronation
St coincided with my research. Hayley was
diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer
and made the decision to end her life at a
time that felt right to her.
H4: People who watch Coronation Street will
have a more positive attitude towards
euthanasia and PAS.
10. The main ethical concern regarding this
research was the subject of the study.
Before issuing the questionnaire the content
was discussed with the participant.
All participants were advised that they had
the right to withdraw.
Contact details were available should
participants require further information or
11. Dukes University Religion Index (Koenig
and Bussing, 2010).
• My religious beliefs are what really lie behind my
whole approach to life.
• Administering a lethal dose of a
• The patient asks to end
• Withholding life maintaining
• Doctor makes a decision
on a patients behalf
• Non voluntary
13. Example question:
• If a patient in severe pain requests it, a doctor should
remove life support and allow that patient to die.
(patient, pain, passive)
• It is okay for a doctor to administer enough medicine
to a suffering patient to end that patients life, if the
doctor thinks the patients pain is too severe.
(doctor, pain, active)
17. As technologies develop end of life
trajectories extend, new medical issues have
developed and the controversy surrounding
end of life decisions has grown.
New challenges to the suicide act will be
made and governments will have to decide
under what circumstances euthanasia can be
justified, if at all.
19. In Switzerland
assisted suicide is
legal and a doctor
does not need to
be present at time
In Poland all
20. Overall participants had a positive attitude
towards euthanasia and physician assisted
A better understanding of the ethical and
practical implications of any future
legislation is required.