As a campaigning organisation, CNK is not a charity, but relies entirely upon our member organisations and the generosity of concerned individuals like you.
Our Track Record includes organising public events, media campaigns, letter-writing campaigns, petitions, parliamentary briefings, polls and educational symposia. Successful outcomes include
Westminster: a new 'Assisted Dying Bill' was launched by Baroness Meacher in 2021, with second reading granted (in line with convention) in October. While committee stage is awaited, a second front has been opened with an 'assisted dying' amendment has proposed to the Government's Health & Care Bill in the Lords.
Holyrood bill: Liam McArthur MSP unveiled his plans for a new assisted suicide bill in 2021, and a public consultation on its terms closed in December. A report on the many thousands of responses is awaited, prior to debate in the Scottish Parliament.
Medical organisations: Advocates of legal change have been clear that neutralising medical opinion is vital to their cause; following the British Medical Association's move to neutrality in September 2021, it is all the more important to amplify the voices of doctors and nurses opposed to a change in the law - most importantly through the work of our colleagues at Our Duty of Care.
Courts: proponents' immediate response to the informed and considered rejection of the Marris Bill in 2015 was to threaten new legal challenges, and they openly advertised for terminally ill individuals to 'get involved'. CNK intervened in the subsequent case of Noel Conway, at the High Court and Court of Appeal, both of which dismissed his application for a declaration of incompatibility between the Suicide Act and the ECHR before the Supreme Court declined to hear a further appeal in November 2018. In a less welcome development, the Supreme Court ruled in 'Y' that clinically assisted nutrition and hydration could be withdrawn from patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness where doctors and families agreed, without recourse to the Court of Protection; the ruling influenced new, troubling guidance from the BMA.
Foreign laws: The list of jurisdictions which have legalised assisted suicide and/or euthanasia has seen new additions in the US and Australia, while shocking new statistics and stories continue to pour forth from the Low Countries. The reality of such places' experiences must continue to be presented.
Care Not Killing consistently achieves far more than its resources warrant: our principal costs are the salaries of two full-time, paid employees; rental costs for our London office; and media support. Other costs include the ad hoc support of designers and researchers, accountancy fees, travel expenses, printing and mailing costs. These stand apart from the many services provided, on account of long-standing relationships developed in the years since CNK was established, without or at greatly reduced charge. These include pro bono legal services, media spokespersons, AV technical support, material costs relating to public events (rallies) and incidental administrative assistance.We punch well above our weight, but we need your support.
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