Protesters force hospital to abandon lecture on euthanasia by shouts of “murderer” and “Nazi”

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 16 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1561
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    A lecture debating the legalisation of euthanasia had to be abandoned last week when the medical speakers were threatened by angry audience members.

    The lecture, due to be held at Cork University Hospital (CUH) in Ireland, was halted as audience members surrounded the speakers and verbally attacked them.

    One of the speakers, Len Doyal, a supporter of some forms of legalised euthanasia under strictly regulated conditions, had to be escorted away to safety by security staff. He condemned the experience as a “sad violation of freedom of speech.”

    Professor Doyal, emeritus professor of medical ethics at Queen Mary, University of London, and professor of healthcare ethics at the University of East Anglia, said that he was disturbed by the event and the lack of support from the police present.

    The lecture, entitled “Why euthanasia should be legalised,” …

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