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Canada’s law, one year on

by Dr. David Amies In June 2016, the federal government of Canada passed its medical assistance in dying (MAID) bill, thereby allowing certain persons to obtain help from their doctors to end their lives. The new law disappointed many activists because it was seen as too restrictive, but in...

Stimulating community information session in Port Macquarie

On Tuesday 11 July, we held the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill community information and consultation session in Port Macquarie. The event was hosted by the 'NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying' in conjunction with Dying with Dignity Midnorth Coast NSW. The speaker was Trevor Khan,...

Church and States battle

There are non-religious people who are wary of introducing voluntary assisted dying laws, but the Catholic strain is obvious and contentious. It was the organisation and funding from the broad Catholic church – as well fierce opposition from the AMA and concern from some Indigenous groups...

Californian law operating well.

According to according to a report just released by the Californian Department of Public Health, 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their...

Christian response to Rationalist plan

More Australians recorded "No religion" in the 2016 Census than any other individual religion or denomination. Surging from 22.3 percent in 2011 to 30.1 percent. “The lack of secular voices in the media perpetuates Christian privilege. Declining religiosity hasn't lessened the influence of the increasingly...

Somerville cherry-picks data

"There is a tremendous amount of misinformation put about by assisted dying opponents that generates unjustified fear, uncertainty and doubt. Professor Margaret Somerville acknowledges that she made a bold and unequivocal statement - about supposed general suicide contagion from assisted dying laws - that has...

Poll results: majority of doctors backing us!

About 60 per cent of doctors support the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill and fewer than 30 per cent oppose it, according to a survey by market research company Ekas emailed to a database of 4000 NSW doctors it deemed 'opinion leaders' and returned by about 500....

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...

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...