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The choice of an assisted death stopped Marieke committing suicide

Marieke Vervoot, a Belgian Paralympic athlete, won medals at the London and Rio Paralympics. She is now aged 38 and continues to suffer from an incurable spinal degenerative disease, which was diagnosed when she was 21. She has epileptic fits and is now paralysed, with unbearable pain....

Noel Conway loses High Court appeal for choice to end his life

Today three judges in the UK High Court ruled against Noel Conway's application to enable doctors to help him to end his own life. Noel was too weak to attend the court in person for the hearing or for today's decision, but said "As I approach...

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...

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...

Oregonians still satisfied with their law after 20 years

The Oregon assisted dying law has been providing comfort at the end of life to Oregonians for 20 years. Their Death with Dignity Act officially took effect on October 27, 1997. According to the Death with Dignity National Center “the simple fact is that the Act works...

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...

Rising support for assistance in dying by Canadian doctors

Informal polls conducted at the Canadian Medical Association's annual general meeting on August 23 show rising support among doctors for medical assistance in dying (MAID). The CMA represents about 85,000 physicians, residents and medical students, and previously was not a keen supporter of MAID. "The mood is...

For me assisted dying isn’t about dying, it’s about living

"I have a rare and incurable form of cancer called sarcoma and I know I may not have long left. I'm 57 and live in Twickenham, London. I'm a chemistry lecturer and scientist by trade and, until recently, I had the job of my dreams. I...

Assisted dying law improves California’s end-of-life care

Physicians across California say that since the introduction of the End Of Life Option Act 2016 conversations that health workers are having with patients are leading to patients’ fears and needs around dying being addressed better than ever before. They say the law has improved...