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First glimmers of second thoughts in Belgium

by Andy Furniere, Flanders Today, 9 December 2015 Belgium has the world’s broadest euthanasia law. Some people are now having second thoughts: 65 psychiatrists, psychologists and professors have published an Open Letter saying that euthanasia should not be available for psychological suffering alone. On average, 2,000 people a year in Belgium choose to end their lives… Read more »

Group encouraging doctors to sign letter against assisted suicide

by John Weekes, New Zealand Herald, 9 December 2015 New Zealand doctors are signing up to an online Open Letter at to support the NZMA’s position statement that euthanasia and assisted suicide are unethical, even if they were made legal. Care Alliance secretary Matthew Jansen said opposition to assisted suicide was growing around the world. “Just… Read more »

Pride and Prejudice: Part Two of Why I Oppose Assisted Suicide Legislation

by Ingrid Tischler, Tales From The Crip, 5 December 2015 Ms Tischler is a wickedly funny satirist living in California and writing about seriously un-funny things. Her re-writing of a key scene from Pride and Prejudice is sub-titled ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a neurodegenerative disease must be in… Read more »

Dying with dignity: let’s focus more on the latter

by Stella Young, The Drum, 14 November 2014 Stella Young, an Australian comedian, died suddenly a year ago. The previous month she had written an opinion piece for the ABC. About five years ago I found myself in the small holding bay of a hospital operating theatre. Swimming in my enormous white gown and little… Read more »

How Does Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide Affect Rates of Suicide?

by David Albert Jones and David Paton, Medscape Jones and Paton analysed data in the United States to understand the impact of assisted-suicide laws on the overall suicide rate. The news is not good. Conclusions: Legalizing PAS has been associated with an increased rate of total suicides relative to other states and no decrease in nonassisted suicides. This… Read more »

The Secret Life of Grief

by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, 3 December 2013 A longer weekend read from two years ago: Derek Thompson’s funny sad honest memories of the death of his beloved mother lead him to discover resilience in grief. This is how we have better conversations about dying. Eulogies ought to begin with a laugh, I decided, so… Read more »

A scandal in the euthanasia archives

by Ian Dowbiggin, The Prince Arthur Herald, 30 November 2015 Ian Dowbiggin teaches history at the University of Prince Edward Island, and is the author of A Merciful End: The Euthanasia Movement in Modern America. One thing is clear: if the euthanasia movement’s records have indeed been destroyed, a lot of history has vanished, Orwell-like, down a… Read more »

The Disability Experience

by William Peace, Bad Cripple, 2 December 2015 William Peace has a PhD in Anthropology with Distinction from Columbia University, and his research interests include the history of anthropology, body art and modification, bioethics, and disability studies. He is a member of the board of Not Dead Yet. For those who support assisted suicide legislation… Read more »

Parents – talk to your kids about mental health. Even if it’s awkward.

by Hannah Jane Parkinson, The Guardian, 1 December 2015 Young people are especially vulnerable in dealing with mental illness. Families need to be ready, willing and able to talk about it. There are many things it’s difficult to talk about with parents. Mental health, apparently, is one of them. Given that one in 10 young… Read more »

The right to die or the right to kill?

by Karen Hitchcock, The Monthly, December 2015 Dr Hitchcock reflects on her appearance with Andrew Denton on the ABC’s Q & A programme. Celebrity is our religion. Celebrities are our gurus, teaching us what to wear, what to buy, how to look and, now, what to think. They front campaigns for human rights and animal… Read more »