Italian DJ travelled to Switzerland for the Right To Die

Mr Antoniani, an Italian DJ, was left blind and tetraplegic by car crash in 2014. The DJ dropped his phone while driving and smashed into the car in front of him as he tried to pick it up.  He appealed to Italy President Sergio Mattarella for the right to die, and shortly before his death, criticised the country for failing to pass laws allowing him to do so.

“Finally I am in Switzerland and, unfortunately, I got here on my own and not with the help of my country,” he said, in a message posted on social media shortly before his death. Euthanasia is illegal in Italy, a traditionally Catholic country, but the law upholds a patient’s right to refuse care.

Those people who support Mr Antoniani said he should have been allowed to die in Italy with dignity. The BBC also reported on how his story opened up much debate in Italy.


A sad story of a wife’s wish for her husband to be allowed to die

For 18 months PC Paul Briggs was in a minimally conscious state after a crash on his way to work.  PC Briggs, from Wirral, suffered a bleed on the brain and five fractures in his spine in the collision and was kept alive through medical intervention. His wife Lindsey Briggs told the Court of Protection in December her husband’s treatment should be stopped “given his previously expressed wishes” and he should be allowed to die. She was forced to go to court because the doctors treating him at the Walton Centre in Liverpool opposed the application to withdraw treatment.

Well in December a judge ruled in December that Gulf War veteran PC Briggs should go on to a palliative care regime at a hospice. This weekend he passed away, leaving the family devastated.


A BBC video lasting just under 6 minutes explores some opposing views about euthanasia held by two Christians, whereas a BBC ethics page discusses this ethical dilemma and gives you the opportunity to see what different faiths think too.

Alcoholic Chose Euthanasia to End Life

The brother of 41 year old Marcel, an alcoholic in the Netherlands, has spoken to the BBC about how his brother chose to die and how the euthanasia laws in the Netherlands helped him do so. He was able to legally have someone end his life as part of the Dutch laws on Euthanasia which state it is lawful for people with “unbearable suffering” and no prospect of improvement.

Revising for your Morality Mock Exam

Keep an eye out over the coming week as more and more resources and information is posted on here to help you prepare for your GCSE Mock Exam in late November.

Ms Strachan posted numerous articles which will help you revise and learn about IVF, transplants, euthanasia, drugs, crime, and capital punishment on her previous wordpress: Just type into the search engine the topic you want to revise, or GCSE, and numerous articles should pop up. At her previous school they did Edexcel rather than AQA exam board so some of the references to units or sections won’t be quite right but the facts and knowledge will be!

These are the topics you’ll need for the Morality Mock exam:

  1. Matters of Life
  2. Elderly and Death
  3. Drug Abuse
  4. Crime and Punishment

On the exam paper there are 6 topics, but you only need to answer 4 (phew) and we’ve chosen the first 4 of the exam paper to keep things straightforward for you.

If you want to look at past exam papers and other information about the course check out AQA’s website. The past paper you’ll be interested is Unit 3 Morality and they’ve got them for 2013 – 2015.

TrueTube has some simple short videos which you can revise from:

I’ve checked out YouTube too:

  1. It might be an OCR video but it discusses what IVF is
  2. 8 minutes of questionable music choice and speedy facts about Elderly and Death
  3. For 8 minutes a teacher talks through the Drug Abuse part of an exam paper.
  4. Crime and Punishment 45 seconds

Below are links to three useful revision guides for three of our topics:

  1. We’re missing topic 1 sorry
  2. revision-guide-elderly-death-2014
  3. revision-guide-on-religious-attitudes-drug-abuse
  4. revision-notes-on-crime-and-punishment

And finally, if you didn’t believe me when I repeatedly said how important the 6 mark statement response question is then why not watch another RE teacher banging on about answering it with religious arguments!

Please leave a comment if you are finding these links useful and you’d like more of the same. Or more importantly if you’d like different revision resources get in contact.


Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports assisted suicide

Desmond Tutu is one of the most famous religious figures in the world. People mention his name in the same breathe as the Pope or Dalai Lama. Well he has just made a statement in support of assisted suicide (euthanasia) which basically turns on its head most people’s presumption that religious people can’t support helping people die. Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for working against Apartheid in South Africa and supported Nelson Mandela . He is hugely respected.

In a video he says: “As a Christian, I believe in the sanctity of life … and that death is a part of life. I hope that when the time comes, I am treated with compassion and allowed to pass on to the next phase of life’s journey in the manner of my choice.”


You can learn more about euthanasia on the BBC Ethics pages which breaks down what different religions teach; read the BBC Religious Studies Bitesize pages, or watch the CBS hour long debate about assisted suicide.



17 year old in Belgium ‘asked to die’

Two years after Belgium passed a law allowing euthanasia for children, who are mentally sane and with a terminal illness that are requesting a quicker and peaceful death, a 17 year old boy has become the first child to be euthanised.


The Guardian reports how the boy was allowed a doctor assisted death. The law stipulates: any request for euthanasia must be made by the minor, be studied by a team of doctors and an independent psychiatrist or psychologist, and have parental consent. In the Netherlands the practice is allowed for children aged at least 12.

The Independent also reports on the story. “Fortunately there are very few children who are considered [for euthanasia] but that does not mean we should refuse them the right to a dignified death,” Mr Distelmans, who chairs Belgium’s Federal Control and Evaluation Committee on Euthanasia, told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper.

And finally the Daily Mail also reported the story describing how the 17 year old was in ‘unbearable physical pain’.


A short video clip from a PBS documentary about Belgium’s euthanasia law explains what is needed to get a doctor to help you die in this European country. Meanwhile a great film to watch with euthanasia as part of the storyline is Million Dollar Baby. Warning spoiler: the hospital scene. Finally, if you’ve never studied about euthanasia before this simple powerpoint presentation on YouTube explains what euthanasia is.