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Assisted suicide: for and against

by Ouch Team

17th November 2008

The difficult subject of disability and assisted dying is often debated in the media, but on Monday 17th November, Victoria Derbyshire's phone-in on Radio 5 Live took us one step further into the discomfort zone. Listen again to the debate.
Liz Carr meets Noel Martin
Liz Carr
Some disabled people are happy with who they are and what they can do, others aren't - for many varied reasons. Enter Liz Carr and Noel Martin.

Liz, 36, was disabled in childhood, is a comedian and broadcaster, and is well known to Ouch readers. She lives independently, has attended many a demo to fight for disability rights, and considers her life to be rich and fulfilling.
Noel Martin
Noel Martin, 49, was paralysed 12 years ago in a vicious neo-Nazi attack. He has signed up to Dignitas in Switzerland, and intends to take the assisted dying option soon, saying that he has no quality of life.

Here we give you the opportunity to listen once again to the programme. 5 Live took Liz to meet Noel in his home in Birmingham. After a four-minute chat between the two, we return to the studio where Liz and Noel take questions from listeners who called in and texted the show.

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