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Positive and Negative Medical Developments

by Professor Michael Kennedy, Australian Medical Association, 14 March 2018 Frequently, patients suffering from neuromuscular degenerative diseases appear in the media supporting euthanasia. The eminent neurologists John Walton and Roger Bannister were among the strongest public and at committee level opponents of euthanasia legislation. There are many drugs now in the clinical trial stage that may… Read more »

Calling a spade a soil relocation aid

by Jonathan Hatfield, The New Zealand Herald, 27 March 2018 Assisted dying is a vague term and could mean no more than the important service of rearranging the pillows for a dying person.  The End of Life Choice Bill talks of assisted dying but with no indication of how this is to happen until the last… Read more »

Landmark Canadian court case proves euthanasia safeguards aren’t there

20 March 2018 “The current landmark court case in Canada again reinforces the fact that laws legalising euthanasia cannot provide safeguards that work,” says Dr Peter Thirkell, Care Alliance Secretary. Roger Foley has cerebellar ataxia, a terminal and incurable severe brain disorder that limits movement and leaves him unable to perform basic tasks independently. He… Read more »

Should people with ‘addictions’ be euthanased?

by Mark Powell, The Spectator, 7 March 2018. The range of medical conditions for which patients can request euthanasia has expanded over time. It now includes not just terminal or degenerative illnesses but any condition that, in the patient’s view, produces unrelieved, intolerable suffering. The grounds for euthanasia in these countries have been taken recently to… Read more »

David Seymour needs to listen to NZ about euthanasia

by Dr Peter Thirkell, Newshub, 9 March 2017 Mr Seymour says that it is the quality of argument that matters, implying that the submissions in opposition are poorly argued, but not the pro-euthanasia ones. His presumption is staggering. Submissions to the Health Select Committee in 2016 were 80% opposed to euthanasia. They included people from all walks… Read more »

Seymour’s bill ‘woefully inadequate’: Disability Rights Commissioner

Tesoriero said legislative change in relation to end of life choice cannot be considered in isolation from the standard and current services and resources available to those who experience serious but non-terminal conditions or palliative care services.  “In its current form, the Bill undermines the position of disabled and vulnerable members of our community. It… Read more »

Being exquisitely careful with the lives of others: the case against euthanasia and assisted suicide

February 2018 Listen to the recent presentation Dr Sinéad Donnelly gave to Hospice New Zealand on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Click here for the PDF slides to the presentation.   About Dr Donnelly Dr Sinéad Donnelly is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand. Dr Donnelly qualified in medicine in 1987 and completed her… Read more »

Lives are precious, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise

The New Zealand Herald, 28 February 2018 Most older people I know, like me, forget names, lose their keys, and fairly often can’t find things they know they put somewhere. They have aches and pains and don’t enjoy them, don’t have their youthful libido, and may not feel confident climbing up ladders any more, but… Read more »