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970 assisted deaths in Canada

At least 970 people in Canada received an assisted death last year, according to the Health Canada report released on Wednesday that provides the first official snapshot of how medical aid in dying is playing out across the country. Nearly half of all the assisted...

Doctors will be able to opt out

Victorian doctors should have the right to refuse to help terminally ill patients who wish to die according to the Experts Panel Report. Read article...

An emotional Q&A debate

Voluntary euthanasia dominated Q&A on Monday night 10 April. The panel — which included senators Penny Wong and Mitch Fifield, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, author Nikki Gemmell and ethics expert Margaret Somerville — didn't all see eye-to-eye on the issue, but did all agree it is...

Dr Syme: 2017 Australian Humanist of the Year

The Council of Australian Humanist Societies recognise Dr Syme’s sustained advocacy and well informed support for physician-assisted dying. Dr Syme will be presented with The Australian Humanist of the Year 2017 award at a Gala Dinner on Saturday 8 April in Melbourne. “Assisted dying is...

Radio NZ: The politics of VAD

A select committee inquiry into assisted dying is drawing to a close, having received more than 20,000 submissions and heard evidence from hundreds over the last year. The select committee is now tasked with distilling the thousands of submissions and coming up with recommendations. Radio...

Oregon patients accessing assistance

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a 12 percent yearly increase in lethal prescriptions under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act from 1998 to 2013. Overall, 1,545 patients obtained a lethal prescription from 1998 through 2015. On average, 64...

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...