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Our Winter Newsletter is full of Australian and overseas news

If we thought 2018 was going to be a quiet year then we were mistaken. The issue of voluntary assisted dying is a hot topic across Australia and around the world. There has been a great deal of media and many developments to keep abreast...

Hawaii now the 8th US jurisdiction to legalise VAD

With the Governor’s signature on 5 April 2018, Hawaii has given terminally ill patients the option to request medication that could end their lives. The new law, known as the Our Care, Our Choice Act, was passed by The Hawaii State Senate with a 23-2 vote on March 29, 2018. The...

Terminally-ill couple had an assisted death together

Charlie and Francie Emerick from Portland, Oregon had been married for 66 years and were both terminally ill when they died together in their bed on 20 April 2017. They had both taken lethal doses of medication obtained under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law. They died...

Our Autumn newsletter has the latest news from across Australia

2017 was a big year for the voluntary assisted dying campaign in NSW and this newsletter includes or plans for 2018 and 2019. Read about what you can do now to help maintain the momentum that is building up across Australia and in many jurisdictions...

Noel Conway granted permission to take his case to appeal

[caption id="attachment_7614" align="alignright" width="300"] Noel Conway and his wife, Carol McCusker, in 2016[/caption] Noel Conway, now aged 68, is a retired college lecturer who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (a form of motor neurone disease) in November 2014. His condition is incurable and terminal. Last October, Noel...

Delighted at majority vote on New Zealand’s End of Life Choice Bill

ACT MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill received its First Reading vote in Parliament on 13 December 2017. 76 MPs voted in favour and 44 against sending the Bill to the NZ Justice Select Committee. Labour, Green and National party MPs were given a conscience vote. Labour...

Dying Badly – New Zealand Stories

Dying Badly – New Zealand Stories, compiled by retired intensive care specialist Dr Jack Havill and writer David Barber, contains relatives’ stories of bad deaths suffered by their loved ones, as submitted to the New Zealand Parliament’s inquiry into the issue of assisted dying for...

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...