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National Billboard Campaign Against Euthanasia

October 16, 2012

Anti-euthanasia campaigners are preparing to mount the first nationwide billboard campaign against euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Members of ALERT, Distant Voices and Not Dead Yet UK are behind a venture to post billboards in nine cities in England and Scotland showing a silhouette of a person with the caption:

WHAT’S THE COST OF EUTHANASIA?

YOU ARE!

Distant Voices are also seeking and working with “envoys” who will place themselves in town and city centre’s on Saturday October 27th – a day of action – to give out accurate information and engage in conversation with members of the public about euthanasia, assisted suicide and the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP).

The purpose of the billboard campaign is to draw attention to and generate discussion and debate about the issue of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The day of action will also enable ‘envoys’ to demonstrate their opposition to euthanasia, assisted suicide and the LCP. It is anticipated that some ‘envoys ‘ will be drawn from organistions who have had direct personal experience of the LCP and ultimately lost loved ones.

Alert, Distant Voices and NDY oppose the legalisation of euthanasia/assisted suicide and would wish to highlight the dangers of the LCP in the UK and to inform the public of the dangers involved in it’s use.

The billboards will appear for two weeks between October 14th and November 1st in London, Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne, Telford and Manchester.

Nikki Kenward of Distant Voices said: “The Government has appointed a new Under-Secretary of State for Health, Anna Soubry, whose first public statement was: ‘It’s ridiculous and appalling that people have to go abroad to end their life instead of being able to end their lives at home.’

“She said the laws governing how people could take their lives needed to ‘evolve’.

“We all know what that means to any of us who are vulnerable, or may become vulnerable. I feel the icy wind of the past touching my bones. Euthanasia might not be on your mind today, tomorrow or as you go about your daily life, but if it is legalised it will be in your life, part of your life, or taking your life. So take a moment to ask yourself, ‘Do I want to live in a society which places its most vulnerable citizens in the position of having to ask themselves should I die…..I am I a burden? Do I cost too much? When every sinew of their body is willing them to continue with life whatever the struggle. When every sinew of you is telling you to live since you are now that burden, that person who needs care, someone who asks something different from society!

She said: have the sombuliant British public got the guts, the anger, and the fear, the foresight to wake up and realize the deception. We are well onto the slippery slope now with the wholesale adoption of the LCP into over two thirds of our hospitals. Euthanasia through the back door.

Part of the two week campaign will involve ‘envoys’ placing themselves inside town and city centre’s to talk to members of public in an attempt to explode some of the myths currently fueling the move towards the acceptance of euthanasia.

Nikki concluded;

 “We will speak out for ourselves and for those who cannot speak and who need us to speak for them. We will talk to people, tell them the truth and offer them the chance to be safe in their old age and in illness or disability. Envoys can stand for a day, an hour, an afternoon, a weekend, as long as they like – two, four, six, or a whole crowd of them, they will be there and be heard before it’s too late.”

TO become an ENVOY please contact NIKKI KENWARD and her team

on 01588 660528 OR EMAIL nikkikenward@gmail.com

For further information

Please contact either Nikki Kenward of Distant Voices

Tel: 01588 660528 or

Elspeth Chowdharay-Best of ALERT

Tel;020 7730 2800.

Website: http://www.alertuk.org

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