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Pensioner Tried To Crowdfund Dignitas Trip, But Website Got Cold Feet

June 15, 2015

This story is a couple of weeks old now, but I felt it was an important one to share and discuss.

Pensioner Roger Bailey was diagnosed with stage 6 prostate cancer in 2011. He recently tried to crowd-fund his own trip to Dignitas, intending to end his own life.

However, website Crowdfunder removed the page, fearing they and anyone who donated could face charges for assisting a suicide. Their decision was based on legal advice.

The Metro has full details.

I have made my personal views on assisted suicide and Dignitas very clear here several times. I am strongly against the idea.

I am deeply worried to see that someone tried to use crowdfunding to go to Dignitas. Even more worrying is this, the last sentence of the Metro article:

His cancer has gone but he remains in constant pain from nerve damage and is doubly incontinent with no treatment available.

It seems Roger Bailey is one of those people I very strongly dislike- one of those people who think that permanent disability is a fate worse than death.

Readers, personally, I strongly hope that crowdfunding websites continue to remove any bids to pay for Dignitas in the future.

I love the Internet and I love crowdfunding. However, if there was ever proof of the disadvantages of the Internet, readers, to me, this story is that proof.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeffery Davies permalink
    June 15, 2015 10:21 am

    If its ever passed has a law then the next step would be they put us down its hard but one lives with it there are many more worst off than you then try to help others not put them down jeff

  2. June 15, 2015 10:34 am

    what this gentleman should be thinking at that’s to take advice on his condition. Professor Roger Kirby is a world specialist in the treating of prostate conditions and i would ask him to make contact with Professor Roger Kirby so that his condition can be relived
    his details are here

    I myself can vouch for Roger Kirby and he is a wonderful man but is private at his own hospital only i knew however when he was a NHS consultant

  3. June 15, 2015 1:38 pm

    Agree with the comments. if people contribute then they are party to committing murder if aiding his suicide. This is morally wrong. What should happen is that he gets quality support and comfortable end of life in a hospice like so many others do.


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