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Ontario service to help access

Ontario is setting up a new service for people seeking medically assisted death that will allow them to reach out for help directly, bypassing health-care providers who object to assisted suicide on conscience grounds. Certain religious and medical figures who testified last week at a...

Mental illness isn’t the only reason for suicide

The recent revelation that each day more than eight Australians kill themselves was startling and confronting but perhaps even worse was learning that another 200 of us attempt suicide every day and do not succeed. …. stop viewing suicide solely through the prism of mental...

Noel Conway loses UK court bid

Noel Conway, 67, who was diagnosed in November 2014 with terminal motor neurone disease has lost a High Court bid to challenge the law on assisted dying. Mr Conway was seeking a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with Article 8 of the...

AMA uncovered: dud ‘review’

By Neil Francis of DyingforChoice.com In 2016, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) reviewed its policy on ‘euthanasia and physician assisted suicide’ and the AMA executive set its policy as opposed to assisted dying. Neil Francis provides evidence to show that the only “justifiable” position the AMA...

Bid for VAD in WA

New Health Minister Roger Cook is calling for euthanasia to be legalised in WA in response to a “growing demand” for terminally ill patients to have the right to end their life. “Any debate in parliament on assisted suicide for terminally ill patients would have...

Marshall Peron: Why we must legalise VAD

by Marshall Perron It is almost bewildering why our Queensland politicians (with the sole exception of the soon-to-retire Peter Wellington) are terrified of embracing the subject of voluntary euthanasia. Ever since the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump and the resurrection of Pauline Hanson, the...

The fight for the right in Queensland

Dying with Dignity Queensland has ramped up its bid to have the Queensland Parliament's Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee respond to Speaker Peter Wellington's call for an inquiry into End of Life Choices. Dying with Dignity Qld president Sharon...

Syme discusses “Time To Die” book

Dr Rodney Syme has a good discussion with Amanda Vanstone on ABC radio's Counterpoint program about his new book, ‘Time To Die’. Syme explains why he is a strong advocate for good palliative care, but why it is not enough to end all suffering at...

Oregon and Washington show the way

By Neil Francis of DyingForChoice.com A scientific study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that residents of both Oregon and Washington states, which legalised assisted dying in 1997 and 2008 respectively—as well as establishing formal advance directive programs—are far more likely to...

Handful of Senators defeat bill in New Mexico

The state Senate on Wednesday night defeated a bill that would have legalized assisted suicide for terminally ill people, expected to die within six months. Senate Bill 252 was sponsored by Democrat Senator Liz Stefanics.  In a 22-20 vote, seven Democrats joined 15 Republicans to...

Over 450 Quebec patients received MAID last year

A total of 461 patients were granted doctor-assisted death during the first year of Quebec's medical aid in dying law, according to data obtained by CBC's French-language service, Radio-Canada. According to Dr. Alain Naud, the data indicates medical aid in dying is meeting a societal...

Rose’s Story and why the politicians won’t talk

Rose Tyburczy, suffered with Corticobasal degeneration (a rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease) and wanted to die. She had hoped that a change in the law in South Australia would allow her the choice of medical assistance to die. When the Death with Dignity Bill 2016 failed...