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Californians are saying goodbye with VAD parties

In early July, Betsy Davis, a 41-year-old artist with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, held the gathering to say goodbye before becoming one of the first Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under the state’s new doctor-assisted suicide law for the terminally ill...

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21,000 New Zealanders have their say

A petition to hold a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia has pulled in a staggering 21,435 written submissions from across New Zealand. ...

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I’m a Christian with stage 4 cancer.

I was diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer in 2012. I was 58. In March 2015, we discovered the lung cancer had metastasized to my brain, neck and chest. Recently, I’ve had some headaches. I feel like my breathing has become a little more labored....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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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...

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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...