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Doctors speak out on assisted dying

Professor Rufus Clarke (pictured), from Doctors Supporting Assisted Dying Choice, refutes claims made by the current Australian Medical Profession (AMA) President, Dr Michael Gannon in a recent article in the Huffington Post. Professor Clarke's article included the following: "As doctors we are committed to the wellbeing of...

Noel Conway loses High Court appeal for choice to end his life

Today three judges in the UK High Court ruled against Noel Conway's application to enable doctors to help him to end his own life. Noel was too weak to attend the court in person for the hearing or for today's decision, but said "As I approach...

Andrew Denton and Nia Sims want to “Stop The Horror”

[caption id="attachment_10756" align="alignright" width="285"] Nia Sims with Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy and the VAD bill.[/caption] Nia Sims, 43, has been living with a severe form of the rare autoimmune disease scleroderma since she was 23. Nia was initially told it was likely she would die within...

Suffering family offended by Luke Foley MP

On 20 September, the NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, tweeted the following "Personally, I will vote against. I oppose the state sanctioning the taking of human life. Opposed to capital punishment & euthanasia". Apparently, Foley's comment was retweeted by several senior Catholic figures, including the Bishop...

W.A Inquiry into assisted dying calls for public submissions

On 23 August 2017, the Western Australian Parliament established a Joint Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council to inquire and report on the need for laws in Western Australia to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end of life...

Victorian Government Bill in Parliament

On 20 September, 2017 the Andrews Labor Government introduced a Bill into the Victorian Parliament to legalise voluntary assisted dying in Victoria. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 [Victoria] was tabled by Health Minister Jill Hennessy, with the second reading the following day. Debate in the Victorian...

Oregonians still satisfied with their law after 20 years

The Oregon assisted dying law has been providing comfort at the end of life to Oregonians for 20 years. Their Death with Dignity Act officially took effect on October 27, 1997. According to the Death with Dignity National Center “the simple fact is that the Act works...

NSW Bill presented in Parliament

On 21 September, NSW Nationals MLC Trevor Khan formally presented the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 to the NSW Legislative Council. The Bill has been prepared over the past two years by the NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying (PWGAD), consisting of the Hon. Trevor Khan...

Victorians overwhelmingly support voluntary assisted dying

A survey of 500 Victorian adults, conducted in late July by research company Review Partners on behalf of Go Gentle Australia, found that 72% of Victorians supported the right of adults “to choose to end their lives if they are suffering from a terminal illness”....