Category: News

Canadian euthanasia advocates seek to extend law after just ten days

by Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 27 June 2016 Just ten days after the Canadian parliament passed a euthanasia and assisted suicide law in response to a Supreme Court decision, advocates are heading back to court to extend its scope. Globe and Mail reporter Laura Stone informs us that the BC Civil Liberties Association is… Read more »

Attitudes towards assisted dying are influenced by question wording and order: a survey experiment

by Morten Magelssen, Magne Supphellen, Per Nortvedt and Lars Johan Materstvedt, BMC Medical Ethics, 2016 The Norwegian researchers conducted an experiment to test whether ‘framing effects’ (question wording, order and context) had an effect on people’s views of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Their conclusion is that “Stakeholders in the assisted dying debate need to acknowledge potential framing effects, and accordingly should interpret survey results with caution. The… Read more »

‘It’s not about neutrality, it’s about being neutralised.’

by Care Not Killing, 21 June 2016 Having decisively lost attempts to legalise euthanasia in Scotland and England last year, the Death With Dignity group has tried yet again to push the British Medical Association to change its position from opposed to neutral. They lost 198 to 115. Ultimately, much rested on the meaning of ‘neutrality’. Advocates said that by… Read more »

Suddenly, disabled protesters are the greatest heroes who ever lived

by Narelle Henson, Waikato Times, 18 June 2016 Ms Henson reviews the Me Before You movie and protests, and finds one more inspirational than the other. As protests go, it wasn’t the biggest history has seen. Nor was it the most violent. In fact, very little was interesting about the tiny group gathered outside a cinema… Read more »

New Zealand protests against Me Before You

by Renee Joubert, Euthanasia-Free NZ, 16 June 2016 Ms Joubert has a wrap of the protests in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Welling and Christchurch against the Me Before You movie which has drawn ferocious criticism from disabled persons advocates around the world. Click here to read more.

Elder Abuse Awareness Week

Elder Abuse and Neglect is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person. Definition adopted from WHO Toronto Declaration on the Global Prevention of Elder Abuse, 2002. Age Concern provide an Elder Abuse… Read more »

Not Dead Yet Aotearoa demands better disability stories

  Not Dead Yet Aotearoa were part of the noisy, high-profile protests around New Zealand yesterday, decrying the “disability snuff movie” Me Before You.   Not Dead Yet Aotearoa applauds that disabled people are calling Hollywood, actors and the writer out for “tired old stereotypes that exist only in overwrought imaginations. The protest is well… Read more »

Join the protests against Me Before You

Protests against the movie with the daft/dangerous/insulting storyline that its better to be dead than disabled are set for five New Zealand cities this week. Auckland Wednesday 15 June, 6 – 7 pm IMAX Cinemas, 291-297 Queen St, CBD Meet in front of the rocket-shaped lift, ground floor Free mobility parking in the Civic Car Park… Read more »

“I have seen too many people express a desire for death when actually all they are asking for is help.”

This week the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee issued a report with 49 recommendations about end of life care in the Australian state. The first 48 were about improving palliative care and advance care directives so that all Victorians can get high-quality end of life care. The 49th was a majority recommendation that euthanasia… Read more »