Category: News

Belgian man seeks euthanasia to end his sexuality struggle

by Jonathan Blake, BBC, 9 June 2016 Last month the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme reported on the case of ‘Sébastien’, a 39-year old Belgian man who has been accepted for euthanasia after 17 years of therapy, counselling and medication relating to his sexuality. “I have always thought about death. Looking back on my earliest memories, it’s always been… Read more »

RACP highlights ‘death denying’ culture as problem in high quality end of life care

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has published a Position Statement on ‘Improving Care at the End of Life: Our Roles and Responsibilities’. The Statement highlights some of the problems in end of life care, including a ‘death denying’ culture: Evidence shows that, too often, patients’ wishes about their medical treatment at the end of life… Read more »

More defeats for euthanasia and assisted suicide in United States

There were two defeats for the euthanasia and assisted suicide lobby in the United States last week. In New Mexico, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that there was not a constitutional right to assisted dying that would have overturned a suicide prevention law. (The plaintiff in the case was Dr Katherine Morris, who had… Read more »

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 »