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An Evening with Denton in Port Macquarie

Speaking to your MP is the single most effective step people can take in the push for voluntary euthanasia laws, campaigner Andrew Denton says. He said family stories, in particular, were powerful, and MPs couldn’t ignore that....

The AMA risks irrelevance

The Australian Medical Association is trying clumsily to bridge the gap between doctors’ professional obligations and their responsibility to their patients. But in continuing to oppose doctor-assisted suicide, yet somehow claim a right to help develop any such laws, the AMA risks irrelevance....

AMA Survey survey results

A majority of doctors support the profession being involved in assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia if laws are changed to allow it, a survey by the Australian Medical Association of 4000 members has found...

District of Columbia Council passes Death With Dignity Act

The District of Columbia is poised to become the seventh jurisdiction in the U.S. where medical aid in dying is authorised for terminally ill residents after the D.C. Council passed the D.C. Death with Dignity Act by an 11-2 margin...

The AMA: 1996 versus now

The AMA represents only 29% of Australia's doctors. As an organisation it still officially rejects any thought of assisting a patient to die, and many doctors have left or declined to join because of this stance. Its position on voluntary euthanasia has been the subject...

The Safeguards: 1996 versus now

This detailed analysis prepared by Go Gentle Australia compares the current proposed safeguards with those proposed 21 years ago, when then-Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Marshall Perron delivered a speech to NT Parliament in the closing of debate on the Rights of the Terminally...

Malcolm Turnbull on VAD law reform

On the ABC 7.30 Report program on 14 November 2016, reporter Leigh Sales interviewed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and included a line of questioning about why the Liberal government was not responding to the will of the majority of Australians for law reform around voluntary...

It is not just about ending pain

Pain ranks near the bottom of a list of patients’ concerns in the first two states to legalize physician-assisted dying, Oregon and Washington, which provide the most complete details about people’s motivations....

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”....