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Research: “A fate worse than death”

“A fate worse than death” is a journalistic cliché. But for the terminally ill, such fates do exist: death really can seem preferable to a lifetime of pain and suffering. The Economist reports on Dr Emily Rubin’s study over an eight-month period, beginning in July...

Being granted request for MAID provides relief

A Canadian family says the government’s new law on assisted dying gave their father hope in his last days struggling with a terminal disease. Now they're honouring his wish to speak out in support of the law for other families in need. JP Campbell died...

The Economist: Religious leaders grapple with VAD

On July 23rd Charles Scicluna, the Archbishop of Malta, and Mario Grech, the Bishop of Gozo, published an open letter to Maltese Parliamentarians. Their message? “Medical assistance given to the patients for the abrupt termination of life could never be in his or her best...

VAD is less than one percent of deaths in Quebec since 2015

Since Quebec's law allowing doctor-assisted death came into effect in December 2015, 253 Quebec patients have requested the procedure, and 166 have received it. 16 of the 253 patients changed their minds, whilst the rest did not receive approval. ...

2016 Assisted dying global report card

The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a detailed and comprehensive review, by several of the world's foremost researchers in medical end-of-life matters, into the practice of assisted dying in lawful jurisdictions around the world. ...

Review shows elderly subjected to futile end-of-life treatment

More than a third of elderly patients hospitalised at the end of their life received invasive and potentially harmful medical treatments, showed the largest international systematic review of the issue published on Monday. The review of 38 studies from ten countries found widespread use of...

Desperate hyperbole from opponents of VAD

Last week, Alex Schadenberg wrote—and Paul Russe—another nonsense article, this time about medical associations going neutral on assisted dying. They opine that there is no such thing as neutrality. And start out by getting their facts wrong...

Denton in NZ on feeling like a burden

Andrew Denton came to speak at the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand AGM. While he was there he gave a radio interview with Wallace Chapman of Radio New Zealand, where Denton had the chance to talk more deeply about assisted dying rather than just...

Canada passes assisted dying law

The Canadian government has approved its assisted dying legislation, after the Senate backed off a bid to expand access beyond those who suffer from a terminal illness. ...

VAD becomes legal in California

California’s End of Life Option Act became effect on 9 June 2016. California became the fourth and the largest American state to put into effect a law allow the terminally ill to legally choose to end their lives. Californian law-makers approved the legislation, based upon...

Canadian bill set to pass House of Commons

On Monday night, with a slightly amended bill to regulate medically assisted death (C-14) reported back to the House of Commons, the margin of approval was more than halved...