Category: News

Alastair Scott: End of Life Choice Bill will alter pillar of society

by Alastair Scott, The New Zealand Herald, 30 December 2017 The law should apply to those who have carefully and philosophically considered their choice, supported by family and professionals, with a clear view about their choice. However, it would also apply to those disadvantaged by age, physical or mental disability, sickness and poverty, and sadly those… Read more »

Terry Sarten: Quality end-of-life care should be nation’s priority

by Terry Sarten, The New Zealand Herald, 21 January 2018 Voicing the notion of “not being a burden” is often heard here in New Zealand from those who have serious life-threatening illnesses. We can shift that burden by acknowledging the value of quality end-of-life care and pressuring government to fund it effectively. Click here to read… Read more »

‘Death with dignity’ devalues disability

by Mike Volkman, Times Union, 27 November 2017 What does it mean to die with dignity? Or the opposite, what is death without dignity or with indignity? There is no legal definition. It is a phrase people like to use with the hope that it is sufficient and accepted. Remember the bit George Carlin did in… Read more »

No, most people aren’t in severe pain when they die

by Kathy Eagar, Sabina Clapham, and Samuel Allingham, The Conversation, 11 December 2017 Many people fear death partly because of the perception they might suffer increasing pain and other awful symptoms the nearer it gets. There’s often the belief palliative care may not alleviate such pain, leaving many people to die excruciating deaths. But an… Read more »

Disabled lives are worth living – euthanasia implies otherwise

by Claire Freeman, Stuff, 15 December 2017 While it is commendable that we are discussing euthanasia, we need to be extremely careful not to make assumptions about the quality of life of others like myself – people with grievous and irremediable medical conditions. When the majority of health professionals believe that lives like mine are not worth… Read more »