International Tag

Canada’s law, one year on

by Dr. David Amies In June 2016, the federal government of Canada passed its medical assistance in dying (MAID) bill, thereby allowing certain persons to obtain help from their doctors to end their lives. The new law disappointed many activists because it was seen as too restrictive, but in...

Church and States battle

There are non-religious people who are wary of introducing voluntary assisted dying laws, but the Catholic strain is obvious and contentious. It was the organisation and funding from the broad Catholic church – as well fierce opposition from the AMA and concern from some Indigenous groups...

Californian law operating well.

According to according to a report just released by the Californian Department of Public Health, 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their...

Mary wants to be able to enjoy her last days

Mary Klein, a retired journalist and artist, lives with her wife of 37 years, Stella Dawson, and their dog in Washington, D.C.. Klein has advanced ovarian cancer and supports the bill which legalised medical aid in dying in Washington DC. Mary and Stella have just featured...

My husband wanted his story shared

......During one of those long discussions, Paul decided that he was ready to move forward and request MAID. The level of the steroid medication had been increased several times. We knew its efficacy was limited. When it wore off, Paul would no longer be capable...

Majority of Americans Remain Supportive

                  As right-to-die legislation is under debate in many states, 73% of U.S. adults say a doctor should be allowed to end a terminally ill patient's life by painless means if the patient requests it. This is the result from the question "When a person has...

New Zealand Parliament to vote on VAD

David Seymour's End of Life Choices Bill was plucked at random from the members' ballot on Thursday, almost two years after it was first included, and there's confidence it has the numbers to pass. It would give people over 18 with a terminal illness or...

Heather’s Story – Regrets of the dying podcast

Georgina Scull has made this heart-warming podcast, where she speaks with Heather Pratten, now 80 years old, as she relives what led up to that life-changing decision to help her son to die. It is the story of a mother who could not bare to...

At his own wake

Last June the Canadian government legalised what it termed “medical aid in dying for competent adult patients who are near death and suffering intolerably. “When his doctor, Stefanie Green, informed him that he qualified, Mr. Shields felt the first hope since a doctor told him...

Nevada bill passes legislative committee

Terminally ill patients in Nevada who want to choose when to end their own lives are one step closer to having that right, after the state Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee voted 3-2, to advance legislation. Senate Bill 261, by Las Vegas Democrat David...