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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...

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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....

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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...

Pro-assisted suicide supporters and anti-assisted suicide supporters rally outside the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday March 4, 2013, The Federal Government appeals a B.C. Supreme Court decision that struck down Canada's ban on assisted suicide. Through March 8, Rallies are organized outside Supreme Court for Carter vs Canada.   Photo By CARMINE MARINELLI/Vancouver 24hrs/QMI AGENCY

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....

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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...

Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Sherman Oaks, left, discusses the assisted suicide measure he and Assemblywoman Patti Berg, D-Eureka,  unseen, introduced at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. The bill is the third attempt by lawmakers to make California the second state in the country where doctors could give dying patients life-ending drugs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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...

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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...

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What we can learn from Canada

As an intensive care specialist in the emergency department of one of Canada's leading teaching hospitals, Dr Scott Anderson has seen a lot of people die. If Australian lawmakers can learn anything from Canada's experience with euthanasia, it is that difficult issues do not finish...

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NSW VAD bill in final stages

A NSW cross-party working group is finalising draft assisted dying legislation that it intends to release for public consultation as early as next month. The working group is comprised of Nationals MLC Trevor Khan, Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi, Labor MLC Lynda Voltz, Liberal MP Lee...

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British Police increasingly turn a blind eye to VAD

To gauge the impact of the updated guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), The Economist asked all police forces and the CPS for the number of recorded offences of aiding and abetting suicide they held from the start of 2010 to the end of...