Category: News

Candidate with disability not fit for job, councillor says

by Conan Young, RNZ News, 29 September 2016 Joshua Perry is 24-years old, has a diploma in marketing, works as a marketing co-ordinator for an anti-violence group, and is standing for the Dunedin City Council so that “disability issues such as bad street and public transport design were given more prominence around the council table.” A sitting… Read more »

New help for the lonely elderly

by Simon Collins, New Zealand Herald, 30 September 2016 Mr Collins, the social issues reporter for the Herald, reports on new services offering help to elderly immigrants and those who live alone. Economist Dr John Lepper, who chairs a new Silver Line Trust planning a help and “chat line” for the elderly, said many older… Read more »

I am terrified – not just for myself, but for the people in my community

by Samantha Connor, Gimpled, 26 September 2016 Ms Connor writes an open letter to the Greens Party regarding their intention to introduce a bill in Victoria to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide. Like every other Australian, I think that we should be able to die pain free, with dignity.  Unlike some other Australians, I can’t… Read more »

Physician-assisted suicide “would decrease healthcare costs at the end of life”

by Jacob Burbrink, 21 Alive, 26 September 2016 Mr Burbrink reports that the Indiana Medical Association formally opposed ‘physician assisted suicide’ at its recent annual conference. This is consistent with the American Medical Association’s policy statement that “Physician-Assisted Suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physicians role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control,… Read more »

I have finally decided what to do with Helen’s ashes

by Adam Golightly, The Guardian, 24 September 2016 Adam Golightly is a pseudonym of a writer who has documented the illness, treatment and death of his wife. “Uncertainty over Helen’s ashes continues to hurt. During her illness, I overcame my fear of needles, putting in lines and using syringes to save her extra hospital trips…. Read more »

John Roughan: Let’s stop on euthanasia’s ‘orange light’

by John Roughan, New Zealand Herald, 24 September 2016 Mr Roughan is an editorial writer and columnist for the New Zealand Herald. The Human Rights Commission has given what it calls the “orange light” to euthanasia, saying Parliament should proceed with caution and only if strict safeguards are in place. I didn’t think that was the… Read more »

Ableism in Journalism

by Hannah Soyer, Disability Visibility Project, Ms Soyer is studying for degrees in Journalism and English at the University of Iowa. She has worked with the Iowa Youth Writing Project for the past two years, and IowaWatch, an investigative journalism organization. She has spinal muscular atrophy, the same disease as Jerika Bolen, a 14-year old girl who died in controversial… Read more »

Bay of Plenty Times Opinion: Assisted dying a slippery slope

by Amy Wiggins, Bay of Plenty Times, 23 September 2016 Ms Wiggins is the head of news for the Bay of Plenty Times. Whether you are for or against assisted dying in principle, other countries have already proven how slippery a slope it is. When Belgium legalised euthanasia in 2002 there was a minimum age… Read more »

Kevin Hague just treated 21,435 New Zealanders with utter contempt

by Matthew Jansen, Care Alliance, 22 September 2016 Media release “Kevin Hague just treated 21,435 New Zealanders with utter contempt,” says Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance. “On 23 June 2015 Mr Hague stood on the steps of Parliament to receive a petition asking for an investigation of public attitudes into assisted dying.” “A… Read more »