Category: News

Why I’m voting ‘no’ on the assisted suicide bill: Seselja

by Zed Seselja, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 August 2018 It’s impossible not to be moved by the plight of terminally ill Australians who are enduring real suffering. But the question we have to ask as legislators is – will crossing this ethical threshold lead to better or worse outcomes for Australians, particularly our most vulnerable… Read more »

I feel great sympathy for Brouwers and the situation she was in. With a condition so severe, I dread to imagine how difficult every hour of every day must have become. But with that said, I’m utterly appalled that authorities ever believed it was appropriate to grant someone with serious psychiatric problems the assistance to end her own life. This is incredibly dangerous.

by Angela Haggerty, The Herald, 12 August 2018 I feel great sympathy for Brouwers and the situation she was in. With a condition so severe, I dread to imagine how difficult every hour of every day must have become. But with that said, I’m utterly appalled that authorities ever believed it was appropriate to grant someone with… Read more »

In Life’s Last Moments, Open a Window

by Dr Rachel Clarke, The New York Times, 8 September 2018 “When you come to the end of your life, you get the sense that you don’t want to lose yourself, you want to be able to pass something on,” she told me later. “When I had whole brain radiotherapy, I felt as though something had… Read more »

“Nothing About Us Without Us” — Mantra for a Movement

by Eli A. Wolff and Dr Mary Hums, HuffPost, 6 September 2017 It matters because people with disabilities must be front and center as visible leaders to share our voice and our experience. It matters because it reinforces the role of people without disabilities as allies and partners who share the road toward inclusion and equality…. Read more »

Why the disability community opposes doctor assisted suicide

by Lisa Blumberg, New Haven Register, 28 March 2018 No safeguard can prevent mistakes in prognosis. And no safeguard can stop vulnerable people from being coerced. Above all, these laws don’t change prejudices. Assisted suicide or “aid in dying,” as its proponents innocuously call it, presents a clear and present danger to the many people who… Read more »

We need to address questions of gender in assisted dying

by Rachael Wong, The Conversation, 25 October 2017 Taking into account gender differences in health care is important. And if there is potential for gendered risks in legalising assisted suicide, this requires further consideration and research in advance of any legislative change. These insights challenge the presumption that women who decide for assisted suicide are always… Read more »

Why Ageism Never Gets Old

by Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 20 November 2017 “Ageism” was coined in 1969, two years after the Federal Discrimination in Employment Act set forty as the lower bound at which workers could complain of it. The upper bound continues to rise: the average life span grew more in the twentieth century than in all previous… Read more »

Can we die? The seriously ill need clarity

by Jocelyn Downie and Jennifer Chandler, The Conversation, 24 April 2018 Not surprisingly, as the legislation has been implemented in Canada since June 2016, there has been considerable variability in the interpretation of “reasonably foreseeable” by doctors and nurse practitioners. Some appear to have interpreted it to mean “death expected within 12 months” or in the… Read more »