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Jay Franklin: likely to be excluded from VAD

Jay Franklin is a 40 year old Melbourne man born with a congenital condition known as Hirschsprung disease. He says there is no prospect of his condition getting better, and that he wants medical assistance to die at home with his mother Bertha there to...

Politicians are running behind in the VAD debate

In reflecting on the defeated Assisted Dying Bill last year in the UK, Kit Malthouse MP recalled his initial confidence ahead of the vote and his surprise at the “heavy loss”....

Battle for right to die revived, 20 years on

More than 20 years after he enacted the nation’s first assisted ­suicide laws — later axed by the federal government — Marshall Perron says the battle to bring back the right to die has been ­revived. He concedes his efforts two decades ago were something of...

Kylie Monaghan face of S.A VAD Bill

SA politicians will soon vote on the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill and a campaign to pass this bill, backed by television and radio personality Andrew Denton, will launch in Adelaide this week. The campaign is aimed at urging politicians to look beyond the impersonal nature of...

Colorado will be the next US state to vote on VAD

A bill supporting doctor-assisted dying was quashed last year by the Colorado state legislature. But in April a draft statute was filed with the secretary of statemto place the “Colorado End-of-Life Options Act” on the ballot in November....

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...

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. ...

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....

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...