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As part of the RSM's debate on the legalisation of assisted suicide, Lord Carlile and Baroness O'Loan argue against the motion, 'This house believes that assisted suicide should be legal in the UK'.

The debate is chaired by Dr David Misselbrook (Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine).

This lecture was filmed at an event called: 'The ethics of assisted suicide'.

RSM Event Description:

"The current debate on assisted suicide too often generates more heat than light. This meeting will give an opportunity for those concerned to consider the issues and to listen to one another in a safe and reflective environment.

We believe a high level meeting can make a genuine contribution to the current debate. The meeting will allow senior figures on all sides of the debate to give their view in a way that will enable reasoned consideration of the complex issues and conflicts involved. The meeting will be strongly chaired but will allow interaction in a structured way without being hijacked by any one point of view.

The meeting will be open both to doctors and to the lay public. Any who wish to learn about the complexities of the issue, to listen to the views of others and to debate with others within an environment of mutual respect will be welcome. The meeting will be of particular interest to all doctors dealing with those who are dying, and to ethicists."

Please note that the views in this debate do not represent the views of the RSM.

Date of debate: 30th June 2010

Length: 00:22:51

00:00:00 - Opposing the motion: Lord Carlile
00:10:03 - Seconding the opposition: Baroness O'Loan
00:19:37 - Summing up: Lord Carlile
00:22:19 - Results

Dr Richard Huxtable, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine. 

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Professor Sir Graeme Catto, Chairman, Better Regulation Group, Universities UK. 

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FOR: Lord Joffe, Seconder - Raymond Tallis

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AGAINST: Lord Carlile, Seconder - Baroness O'Loan

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Professor David Jones, Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies, St Mary's University College.

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Professor Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Associate Professor, VU Medical Center, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, Amsterdam.

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Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing.

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Lord Mackay of Clashfern, principal author of the House of Lords Report on Assisted Suicide. 

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Professor Paul Badham, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales. 

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