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Why did I try to kill myself?

Scott Barraco of New York, featured in the following short video to advocate for assisted dying, after his experience with his girlfriend, Cathy Quinn, who died from tongue cancer in June 2014. A physician-assisted dying bill, which would allow terminally ill people to die with dignity, is...

Dr McPhee: Having choice enables me to embrace my life now

Diagnosed at 59 with stage four Sezary syndrome, a rare form of cancer, Dr McPhee underwent several rounds of treatment, including a bone marrow transplant, and at one point suffered multiple organ failure. Half of all patients die within five years of diagnosis of Sezary...

Her husband asked her to “end it”

As a nurse of 23 years and paramedic of 19 years, Jenny Moncur said she encounters about half a dozen cases each year where people with a terminal illness take their own lives. "Often it is lonely, painful, done violently and sometimes not very successfully,...

The doctor’s oath demands that we listen to our patient

"My grandfather, an OB-GYN, stated his support for the legality of medical aid in dying as he was slowly dying from cancer. I remember a conversation in which he marveled that our society had no problem giving “aid in birth” by providing medication for pain...

Suffering family offended by Luke Foley MP

On 20 September, the NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, tweeted the following "Personally, I will vote against. I oppose the state sanctioning the taking of human life. Opposed to capital punishment & euthanasia". Apparently, Foley's comment was retweeted by several senior Catholic figures, including the Bishop...

Bishop says Christianity should not be used to oppose assisted dying

A Victorian Anglican bishop, Bishop Andrew Curnow, has delivered a startling rebuke to those demanding he oppose marriage equality and assisted dying. Bendigo Bishop Curnow argued Australia was no longer a Christian nation and using Christianity as grounds to oppose equal marriage and voluntary assisted...

Peter Singer: I am seeking to reduce pointless suffering

By Peter Singer, Professor of bioethics at Princeton University and laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne People often ask me what connects the various issues I have written about over the years – issues like global poverty, the way we treat animals, and the way we...

The most beautiful death I have witnessed

by Dr Paul Preston, Physician at the North East Local Health Integration Network, Ontario, Canada. The first Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) case I performed was for a lady who was suffering and deteriorating. She could no longer do anything she valued and did not want...