Frequently Asked Questions
What do we campaign for?
We are campaigning to improve on the end-of-life options that are available to people in the Channel Islands and help people avoid unnecessary suffering. We want to improve palliative care and legalise assisted dying in Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
why do we campaign?
The status quo is simply unacceptable. Patient choice should be paramount. Terminally ill, mentally competent adults should not be forced to live in agony and/or without purpose. It is a disgrace that some patients are left with no alternative but to refuse food and water.
WHO ARE OUR CAMPAIGNERS?
Our campaign in Guernsey is led by Sarah Griffith MBE and Doug Wilson. Our campaign in Jersey is led by Tanya Tupper. We gratefully receive pro-bono legal advice from Guernsey based advocate Andrew Ayres.
what do we not campaign for?
We do not campaign to legalise assisted dying for people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Whilst we have great sympathy with people in that position, we cannot conceive of a safe or practical process.
FOR WHOM DO WE CAMPAIGN?
We want to help terminally ill, mentally competent adults who have less than 6 months to live. Some of these people are failed by our laws which cause them to suffer needlessly. It is a fact that not even the best palliative care in the world can help everyone..
where do we campaign?
Our campaigners are based in the Channel Islands, both in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and in Jersey. We do not campaign for Guernsey or Jersey to become places where non-residents can travel to and receive medical assistance in dying. We campaign to change the law for people who live in the Channel Islands.
WHEN DID THE CAMPAIGN BEGIN?
The first part of our campaign in Guernsey began in December 2017, ending with the issue being discussed just 6 months later in the States of Deliberation in May 2018. The campaign in Jersey began in June 2018.
where else is assisted dying legal?
Assisted dying is legal in Oregon, Washington State, Washington DC, Montana, Colorado, Vermont, Hawaii, Canada and the state of Victoria in Australia. Assisted dying was made legal in Oregon over 20 years ago in 1997. More jurisdictions will follow.