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      ‘After I spoke publicly about it, one woman told me I was in a death cult’: Jonathan Dimbleby on assisted dying

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 15 June - 15:00

    Seeing his brother’s distressing deterioration has made the broadcaster even more certain that legal reform is needed

    My brother was a sculptor. A vibrant, formidable force. Physically strong and intellectually clear-minded, with a wonderful capacity to express his love of art. The autumn before he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, my wife noticed he looked a bit frail. He had trouble swallowing his food. He had just completed a sculpture of Coleridge for a churchyard in Devon and was otherwise fit and well. But then he fell over, on to a child while in London. Nick had been mortified, so he visited the GP. In February 2023 I received the call: “Joth, I’ve got some bad news.”

    The diagnosis came brutally. It horrified Nick to adjust to a life in which he would not be able to use his hands or voice. “I’m not going to allow myself to be a trussed-up chicken carcass,” he said. “I’m going to bring an end to it before that.”

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      ‘The flight to Zurich sounds like the worst mini-break possible’: Julian Barnes on why Britain must legalise assisted dying

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 15 June - 12:00 · 1 minute

    We should be able to die at home, and before we lose our minds to dementia, the writer argues

    When the distinguished Belgian writer Hugo Claus was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he emailed his friends to say that when the disease had advanced to the point that he would be soon unable to make decisions, he would end his life. Accordingly, in March 2008, he died at a legal Belgian facility. The Catholic church naturally condemned his action. Whereas the former prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, not always a man for the striking phrase, said that the onset of Alzheimer’s must have been “an inevitable and unbearable torture”, and went on: “I can live with the fact that he decided thus, because he left us as a great glowing star, right on time, just before he collapsed into a stellar black hole.” Claus’s actions struck me, and still do, as rational, exemplary, and in a quiet way, heroic.

    The religious generally argue that God has given us life, and so it is not ours to dispose of as and when we see fit. The non-religious, who guess that we have arrived by some piece of cosmic chance, are more inclined to think that as autonomous beings, it is our right and duty to live according to our own lights and, in extreme circumstances, to control the manner of our own death. With increasing longevity, plus medical advances that keep us alive well beyond the point where in previous centuries we would have died, complex problems arise for individuals, doctors and society at large.

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      UK anti-abortion campaigners running against MPs who back decriminalisation

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 15 June - 11:00

    Seat of Labour’s Stella Creasy among those challenged by activists running as independents in the general election

    Anti-abortion campaigners are running as independent candidates in the general election against prominent MPs seeking re-election who supported decriminalisation.

    The seats of Labour’s Diana Johnson and Stella Creasy and Conservative Caroline Nokes are all being targeted by anti-abortion activists. The three proposed or supported recent amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill which would have stopped prosecutions for anyone ending a pregnancy in England and Wales.

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      ‘While I am healthy now, I’d like to have a little lethal concoction waiting for the right moment’: Prue Leith on the right to die

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 15 June - 09:00

    Remembering the deaths of her first husband and brother, the broadcaster calls for urgent change

    Many people have a vision that they’re going to die a good death because they’ve seen it on telly. A patient lies in bed, with their nearest and dearest. Holding hands. Mozart playing, before they drift into a deep sleep.

    Death, for most, is not like that at all. My first husband had a horrible death. He didn’t want to die because he thought he should live for my sake and the children. But he had emphysema. Sometimes he would not be able to breathe and doctors would have to get him on a trolley to get to the right equipment. It was incredibly upsetting. We’d run down the corridor and he’d try to grab my hand. Once he put my thumb in his mouth and sucked it like a child with a dummy. Doctors shoved me out of the way and took him to a defibrillator. The next day I went back to the hospital and he was fine. I thought, how many times will we have to go through this?

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      Wolverhampton guilty verdicts raise issue of naming child killers

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 15 June - 06:00

    Some believe naming convicted children acts as deterrent, while others say it could glorify horrific acts

    The guilty verdicts in the trial of two 12-year-olds for killing Shawn Seesahai in Wolverhampton, puts them among the UK’s youngest convicted murderers, and leaves the judge with key decisions to make.

    Before deciding the minimum sentence to impose on the boys, Mrs Justice Tipples will have to decide whether they should be named.

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      ‘I will probably not be given the chance to die in my favourite place’: Esther Rantzen on the right to choose a good death

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 15 June - 06:00 · 1 minute

    A cancer diagnosis has reinforced the presenter’s belief that the time for change has come

    Twenty years ago there were three deaths in my family. We lost my mother, my husband and our rescue dog in a few short months. Looking back, now that I have had a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer and am having to face the reality of my own mortality, the most peaceful, pain-free and easiest death was our dog’s, who was gently put down surrounded by his loving family. I envy him. The current state of our criminal law means that merciful end is denied me. I know we love our dogs in this country, but why, at the very end of our lives, do we treat pets so much better than we treat people?

    I am told assisted dying inspires more letters to newspapers than any other issue. A recent Westminster Hall debate was attended by so many MPs that they had to find extra chairs. The speeches were passionate and moving. Many described witnessing the painful death of someone close to them. But it was only a debate, no possibility of a vote at the end, or any change in the law. It resulted from a petition I helped to spearhead, along with the campaigning charity Dignity in Dying . For their own sake, and for the sake of those they love, 200,000 signatories called for a change in the law to legalise assisted dying in carefully regulated circumstances, for terminally ill people with six months or less to live. I believe the time for that change has come.

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      Tony Bennett’s daughters sue brother over late singer’s estate

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 14 June - 13:23

    Late star’s two daughters claim their brother failed to disclose certain assets during his time as estate trustee

    Tony Bennett’s two daughters are suing their brother, alleging he mishandled and failed to disclose some of their father’s assets in his role as trustee of the late singer’s estate.

    The lawsuit filed on Wednesday in New York by Antonia and Johanna Bennett accuses D’Andrea “Danny” Bennett of not accounting for all of the proceeds from this year’s sale of Tony Bennett’s catalogue and certain image rights to the brand development firm Iconoclast.

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      How two Utah school friends ended up facing death penalty in Congo

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 14 June - 11:30

    Marcel Malanga and Tyler Thompson, both 21, met on the football field before getting swept up in an attempted coup

    Two events are uppermost in the minds of residents of West Jordan, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, right now, and they could hardly be more different.

    One is the 4 July Western Stampede rodeo, the city’s hugely popular annual celebration of patriotism and pride. The other is an attempted coup d’état almost 8,500 miles away in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has swept up two of its young residents .

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      Too ill to work, too poor to get better: how debt traps families working at India’s kilns

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 14 June - 03:00

    Forced to travel far to find gruelling work making bricks, women and children fall sick but cannot access healthcare

    The phrase “ khat rahein hain ” (“being worn down”) is how Suma Devi describes her 16 years of labouring at the brick kilns near the city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, more than 500 miles from her own state of Bihar.

    Six years ago Devi had just given birth to her baby daughter when she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and put on a nine-month course of antibiotics. It is an effective way to treat TB but Devi had to abandon the course halfway through to find work at the Madhav brick kiln in Naujheel, far from her home in a village near the city of Gaya.

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