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It is not just about ending pain

Pain ranks near the bottom of a list of patients’ concerns in the first two states to legalize physician-assisted dying, Oregon and Washington, which provide the most complete details about people’s motivations....

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Jay Franklin: likely to be excluded from VAD

Jay Franklin is a 40 year old Melbourne man born with a congenital condition known as Hirschsprung disease. He says there is no prospect of his condition getting better, and that he wants medical assistance to die at home with his mother Bertha there to...

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12-year-old tells Prime Minister her yiayia has the right to die

As part of a project at Clifton Hill Primary School (Victoria), grade six student Aristea has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, demanding he change the law regarding voluntary euthanasia. In a strongly worded three-page letter, Aristea pleads the case for people like her grandmother,...

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Kylie Monaghan face of S.A VAD Bill

SA politicians will soon vote on the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill and a campaign to pass this bill, backed by television and radio personality Andrew Denton, will launch in Adelaide this week. The campaign is aimed at urging politicians to look beyond the impersonal nature of...

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Private story behind health minister’s support

Victoria's health minister, Jill Hennessy, was only three years old when her mother Joan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Decades later, the decline is ongoing, cruel, and irreversible. "My mum didn't want that, and at different points in time she would say that she wanted...

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The death that divided Davison’s family

"I will be informing the police that you murdered our mother." Sean Davison received the single-line email on May 28, 2008, 19 months after the funeral. He hadn't seen his sister Mary since they had posed for a photograph together in front of their mother’s...

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Randall had waited too long for VAD in Colorado

In 2010 Sheryl Randall, of Colorado, was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but later doctors said she had a mitochondrial disease that was slowly attacking her organs. In March 2015, Randall, aged 67, wrote letters to a few friends saying she had suffered too long...

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Actor Lord Rix dies after advocating for VAD

One of Britain's most famous actors, learning disability campaigner Lord Rix, has revealed he is dying and has made a heartfelt plea for euthanasia to be legalised. ...

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Californians are saying goodbye with VAD parties

In early July, Betsy Davis, a 41-year-old artist with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, held the gathering to say goodbye before becoming one of the first Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under the state’s new doctor-assisted suicide law for the terminally ill...

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John’s plea for law reform

Andrew Denton launched his new book “The Damage Done” at the National Press Club Canberra yesterday. It includes the testimonial of a young man from the Hunter region of NSW called John Grayson. Click for his testimonial from the ebook....