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Denton: The religious lobby against VAD

The religious lobby against assisted dying by Andrew Denton Later this year there will be a conscience vote on legislation to be introduced to the Victorian parliament. The vote might be three months away, but already hardcore religious opponents have mobilised...

Majority of Americans Remain Supportive

                  As right-to-die legislation is under debate in many states, 73% of U.S. adults say a doctor should be allowed to end a terminally ill patient's life by painless means if the patient requests it. This is the result from the question "When a person has...

Jen Barnes leads Victorian petition

Jen Barnes is a Victorian nurse of 40 years, who is dying of brain cancer. Jen and her husband Ken, like 75% of Victorians, want a voluntary assisted dying law. Jen has said: "I’ve seen a lot of deaths and some of them have been far...

More bullshit spread in religious ‘gloves off’ campaign

By Neil Francis Both the Herald Sun and The Age reported last week that religious anti-assisted dying crusaders are running a 'gloves off' campaign in Victoria. The crux of the story is that 'pollsters' claim to have run a survey in Victoria. They refuse to be identified....

Community galloping ahead of cautious doctors

By Nikki Gemmel It feels as if public sentiment is taking over here, fast; that a community want is galloping ahead of the cautious position of many doctors, with all their questions. Medically assisted dying is a conversation that our health professionals need to have, urgently, whether...

New Zealand Parliament to vote on VAD

David Seymour's End of Life Choices Bill was plucked at random from the members' ballot on Thursday, almost two years after it was first included, and there's confidence it has the numbers to pass. It would give people over 18 with a terminal illness or...

Labor councillor’s plea to NSW MPs

City of Sydney Labor councillor Linda Scott, and her father Dr Gary Scott, are urging MPs to vote in favour of a voluntary assisted dying bill due to come before the upper house of the NSW Parliament within months. Dr Gary Scott was diagnosed with...

Our AGM with Colleen Cartwright

Our AGM was held on Saturday 27 May 2017 in Sydney, and the feedback from those who attended has been terrific. Professor Colleen Cartwright was the guest speaker, with the topic of her speech being ‘End of Life Options – The Key Issues’. Professor Cartwright spoke...

Opposition to VAD is largely religious

Neil Francis presents empirical data and discussion and concludes: "They show that while a substantial majority of Australians support assisted dying, almost all the opposition to it is connected with religion, particularly amongst the most religious who are a small minority of the population.Despite the...

Tasmanian Parliament votes down VAD Bill

Legislation to allow for euthanasia to take place in Tasmania has been voted down for the third time in less than a decade. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, co-sponsored by Labor justice spokeswoman Lara Giddings and Greens leader Cassy O’Connor, sought to provide adults with “intolerable...

Annie releases petition update

Annie G has sent a petition update to all those people who have signed her Change.org petition “Don’t leave me trapped in a dying body - allow me to die peacefully” which she started on 4 May. It starts "Tuesday was huge for me and...

Nevada bill passes legislative committee

Terminally ill patients in Nevada who want to choose when to end their own lives are one step closer to having that right, after the state Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee voted 3-2, to advance legislation. Senate Bill 261, by Las Vegas Democrat David...