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Emmerdale mercy killing storyline (1 August 2006)

1st August 2006

Emmerdale mercy killing storyline

The ITV1 soap Emmerdale has featured a mercy killing storyline this week.

In last night’s episode Sam gave in to his wife Alice’s pleas for help to die. Alice was dying and had been suffering from cancer for months. These links to the Emmerdale website provide more information about the storyline: Monday’s episode and Sunday’s episode.

There are many real-life stories just like that of Sam and Alice. You can read about people’s experiences here.

These stories demonstrate why the law on assisted dying must change. Dignity in Dying campaigns for a change in the law so that terminally ill people who are mentally competent could legally ask a doctor for help to die.

The current law has terrible consequences for people like Sam and Alice. Find out more about the problems with the law here.

You can find out more about your rights at the end of life here.

If you are affected by these issues contact Dignity in Dying for confidential advice and support on 0870 777 7868 or email