We wanted to get in touch with you as you may be aware that there is going to be a documentary featuring Prue Leith (yes, that one!), who is a supporter of assisted suicide, and her MP son Danny Kruger, who is against assisted suicide and is leading the Parliamentary campaign to ensure assisted suicide is not made legal in the UK.
The programme goes out on Channel 4 this Thursday (February 16th) on Channel 4 at 9pm. Here are the details:
We’ll be tweeting in the run-up to the programme from the @notdeadyetuk Twitter account, commenting on media pieces. We’ll also tweet during the programme itself.
What we want you to do
We want our members with social media accounts to contribute to the conversations around assisted suicide. There is a strong leaning in favour of assisted suicide in the media at the moment, and that’s reflected to an extent on social media platforms. We want to ensure the voices of disabled people are heard.
What we don’t want or need you to do
There’s no need to engage directly with assisted suicide campaigners or the organisations they support. We’re trying to avoid increasing their volume.
What are we trying to get across?
There’s growing evidence and concerns about the rapid growth of people who are becoming eligible for assisted suicide in Canada and the application of the criteria. We’ve always been very worried about this.
This is causing problems for our opponents, who have in the past said the Canadian assisted suicide laws are working perfectly well.
So we are raising the profile of this issue and the dangers of assisted suicide legislation and reminding people that we would like help to live, not die.
We’ll be saying:
What about references and resources?
Here’s a Twitter thread from Danny Kruger from earlier this month, citing examples of people who have received MAID in Canada:
This is an article from the Scotland Herald quoting a Canadian palliative care expert on the disaster unfolding in Canada.
And there are articles from our founder, Baroness Jane Campbell, and others on the news pages of the Not Dead Yet website, which you can quote from.
Any help you can give to make out voices better heard would be really welcome. If you have any queries or questions, do get in touch with Phil Friend on firstname.lastname@example.org or Ben Furner on Ben@furnercommunications.co.uk.
Thanks in advance for your help!