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Palliative care gave me a better quality of life

by Áilín Quinlan, The Irish Examiner, 14 September 2017 “I was in a very dark place at the time, and up to that point, palliative care to me was synonymous with death and dying,” he [Donal Crowley] recalls. “People think that palliative care is all about dying,” says Ann McAtamney, Assistant Director of Nursing and Palliative Care… Read more »

Why are we so afraid of dementia?

by Peter Kevern, The Conversation, 21 September 2017 Peter Kevern is an Associate Professor in Values in Care, Staffordshire University. There can be no doubt that it is frequently a terrible condition both for the patient and those close to them, robbing everyone of peace, dignity, enjoyment and hope, and crushing the spirits of carers over… Read more »

Former medical association chiefs slam plans for voluntary euthanasia

by Benjamin Preiss, The Age, 20 September 2017 Mr Preiss is Education Reporter for The Age. Now three past Victorian presidents of the Australian Medical Association – Stephen Parnis, Mukesh Haikerwal and Mark Yates – have united on the steps of Parliament to warn that the laws put the state’s most vulnerable patients at risk. They say they… Read more »

Why Are Assisted Suicide Bills Continuously Failing In The US?

A blog post in HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, 6 September 2017 HOPE is a coalition of groups and individuals who oppose the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide and support measures that will make euthanasia and assisted suicide unthinkable.  23 consecutive failures at legislating in 2017 with no bill anywhere being successful.  We are led… Read more »

Assisted dying laws pose a grave risk to the vulnerable

by Joel Hodge, The Age, 7 September 2017 Joel Hodge is a senior lecturer in the School of Theology at Australian Catholic University. In a study of states with euthanasia law, published in Current Oncology, Dr J. Pereira writes that “laws and safeguards are regularly ignored and transgressed in all the jurisdictions and that transgressions are… Read more »

The Contagion of Euthanasia and the Corruption of Compassion

by Arthur Goldberg and Shimon Cowen, The Public Discourse, 11 September 2017 Mr Goldberg is Co-Director of the American-based Jewish Institute for Global Awareness. Mr Cowen is Director of the Institute for Judaism and Civilization in Melbourne, Australia. Humans do not live in isolation. The more our culture sends messages that some lives are less valuable than others, the… Read more »

Narelle Henson: Complex matters of life and death

by Narelle Henson, Waikato Times, 15 September 2017 In fact, ACT’s David Seymour dismissed O’Connor’s claim using the example of suicidal young people, a group we are rightly fighting desperately to save in New Zealand. But in Belgium where euthanasia is legal, a suicidal young woman won the right to euthanasia. Why? Because the courts agree… Read more »

People near the end of life need the same protection as children

by Tony Walter, The Conversation, 7 September 2017 Tony Walter is a Professor of Death Studies at the University of Bath. But in many societies, the approach to end of life care requires us to continue as active and responsible citizens for as long as our mental capacities allow – to make choices about what kind of… Read more »

Words Matter

A blog post from HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, 4 September 2017 HOPE is a coalition of groups and individuals who oppose the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide and support measures that will make euthanasia and assisted suicide unthinkable.  Unmistakeably, [sic] in acts of euthanasia, the subject person’s life is ended by the… Read more »

Life Lessons Disability Taught Me No.2 – Death

by Mik Scarlet, HuffPost UK, 16 August 2017 Mr Scarlet is a broadcaster, journalist, and musician. This is the biggest thing I have learned about death; it happens at the end of life but it’s life that matters the most. The great leveller should also be the great motivator. Don’t ignore that you will die, and… Read more »