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How many people are ending their lives in places where VAD is legal?

With the issue back in the headlines, federal Labor’s justice spokesperson, Clare O'Neil, told Q&A that in countries where the practice is legal, “very, very small” numbers of people use the laws. According to a peer-reviewed paper published last year in the respected journal JAMA:...

Doctor Death Penalty Bill defeated in Montana

The Montana House reversed course today and rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to EXECUTE (!) doctors for writing a prescription for aid-in-dying medication for a terminally ill adult who requests it to peacefully end their suffering. HB 536 would have overturned...

DJ’s assisted suicide stirs up Italian euthanasia debate

Much loved Italian disc jockey, Fabio Antoniani, euthanised himself this week following a lengthy battle with the Italian government to bring his excruciating pain to an end. He was surrounded by his family and girlfriend at a clinic in Zurich. His death, after years of...

VCAT Ruling on Nembutal sets important precedent

Just before Christmas 2016, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) handed down a historic judgement in a case brought by the veteran advocate for assisted dying, Dr Rodney Syme. VCAT accepted Syme’s defence (that his supply of Nembutal to dying patients was a legitimate...

Voluntary Euthanasia Debate on ABC Q&A Program

Panellists: philosopher Peter Singer; Shadow Minister for Justice (Labor) Clare O’Neil MP;  Senator Scott Ryan (Liberal); media and policy advisor Ted Lapkin; social scientist and sustainability expert, Dr Leyla Acaroglu. Transcript of ABC QandA 270217 questions related to VAD Watch extract of QandA program      ...

Montana man dies, thanks to court ruling for his Grandfather

“If you can think of the worst flu you’ve ever had and you get the cold sweats and then have someone stab a hot poker in your insides and just twist it around,” TJ Mutchler says in the video, referring to the pain he was...

Oregon Health Authority releases 2016 report

The Oregon Health Authority has just released the annual report on the use of the state’s Death with Dignity Act. The report covers the calendar year 2016 thru January 23, 2017, and shows the data collected under the Act in its 19th year of implementation....

Dying with Dignity: it’s a no-brainer.

by Professor Ross Fitzgerald AM. Speech to the Port Macquarie group of Dying with Dignity NSW. Tuesday 21 February 2017. Ever since having seen my late mother suffer so much when all she wanted was to slip away peacefully, I have been a strong public advocate, for others...

D.C.’s DWD law survives Republican attacks

Washington, D.C. is the sixth jurisdiction in the U.S. to enact an assisted dying statute. D.C. lawmakers are celebrating after the “Death with Dignity Act of 2015” to allow physicians to prescribe medical aid in dying survived attacks from Republican members of Congress. The D.C....

Restoring Territory Rights Bill second reading

Senator Leyonhjelm, the Sponsor of the Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015 spoke during the Second Reading on 16/2/17: “My bill would not automatically make assisted suicide legal in the territories but it would overturn the Andrews bill and allow the parliaments of...

Religious conservatives – opposing your right to choose

Blog by Neil Francis Dying for Choice. com A case in point is a massive advertisement published in both of Melbourne’s daily newspapers in 2008 when Victorian MLC Colleen Hartland introduced the Medical Treatment (Physician Assisted Dying) Bill into the State legislature. It was an open letter...

Prof Maddocks: Palliative care and VAD

By Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks, an eminent Australian palliative care specialist and Senior Australian of the Year in 2013. Experience from countries that have legalised VAD suggests that requests for VAD for those who have major suffering in terminal illness will be few in number. Palliative...