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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....

Politicians are running behind in the VAD debate

In reflecting on the defeated Assisted Dying Bill last year in the UK, Kit Malthouse MP recalled his initial confidence ahead of the vote and his surprise at the “heavy loss”....

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...

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...

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. ...

Colorado will be the next US state to vote on VAD

A bill supporting doctor-assisted dying was quashed last year by the Colorado state legislature. But in April a draft statute was filed with the secretary of statemto place the “Colorado End-of-Life Options Act” on the ballot in November....

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...

21,000 New Zealanders have their say

A petition to hold a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia has pulled in a staggering 21,435 written submissions from across New Zealand. ...

I’m a Christian with stage 4 cancer.

I was diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer in 2012. I was 58. In March 2015, we discovered the lung cancer had metastasized to my brain, neck and chest. Recently, I’ve had some headaches. I feel like my breathing has become a little more labored....