Sunderland University lecturer urges Governments not to legalise assisted suicide

Suicide debate: Coronation Streets Roy and Hayley Cropper

Suicide debate: Coronation Streets Roy and Hayley Cropper

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A WEARSIDE academic has waded into the debate on assisted dying after the controversial suicide of Hayley Cropper on Coronation Street.

Millions of viewers tuned in to the popular ITV soap-opera to see the terminally-ill character take her own life and end her battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dr Kevin Yuill, Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Sunderland, author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalisation.
Dr Kevin Yuill, Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Sunderland, author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalisation.

The dramatic storyline, which saw Hayley down a cocktail of drugs before dying in the arms of her weeping husband, who was opposed to the decision, has provoked further discussion about the “right to die”.

 

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