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How to have a better death

Polls, including one carried out in four large countries by the Kaiser Family Foundation, an American think-tank, and The Economist, find that most people in good health hope that, when the time comes, they will die at home. And few, when asked about their hopes...

970 assisted deaths in Canada

At least 970 people in Canada received an assisted death last year, according to the Health Canada report released on Wednesday that provides the first official snapshot of how medical aid in dying is playing out across the country. Nearly half of all the assisted...

Campbell to end his own life

Colin Campbell, aged 56, lives with a rare form of the degenerative disease multiple sclerosis (MS) and struggles to leave his first floor flat Campbell recently travelled to Switzerland to meet doctors and was given the date of Thursday, June 15, for his appointment at the...

Radio NZ: The politics of VAD

A select committee inquiry into assisted dying is drawing to a close, having received more than 20,000 submissions and heard evidence from hundreds over the last year. The select committee is now tasked with distilling the thousands of submissions and coming up with recommendations. Radio...

Oregon patients accessing assistance

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a 12 percent yearly increase in lethal prescriptions under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act from 1998 to 2013. Overall, 1,545 patients obtained a lethal prescription from 1998 through 2015. On average, 64...

Ontario service to help access

Ontario is setting up a new service for people seeking medically assisted death that will allow them to reach out for help directly, bypassing health-care providers who object to assisted suicide on conscience grounds. Certain religious and medical figures who testified last week at a...

Colorado woman ends her life

On Sunday, Kathy Myers took the medication that ended her life, surrounded by her husband and their daughter and the Hospice nurse, who asked to be there in case something went wrong, and to learn more about the process. “We held hands. She laid back...

Noel Conway loses UK court bid

Noel Conway, 67, who was diagnosed in November 2014 with terminal motor neurone disease has lost a High Court bid to challenge the law on assisted dying. Mr Conway was seeking a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with Article 8 of the...

Oregon and Washington show the way

By Neil Francis of DyingForChoice.com A scientific study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that residents of both Oregon and Washington states, which legalised assisted dying in 1997 and 2008 respectively—as well as establishing formal advance directive programs—are far more likely to...

Handful of Senators defeat bill in New Mexico

The state Senate on Wednesday night defeated a bill that would have legalized assisted suicide for terminally ill people, expected to die within six months. Senate Bill 252 was sponsored by Democrat Senator Liz Stefanics.  In a 22-20 vote, seven Democrats joined 15 Republicans to...