by Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 22 June 2015 The story of how Tom Mortier’s mother was euthanised by Dr Wim Distelmans for depression. In Belgium and in the Netherlands, where patients can be euthanized even if they do not have a terminal illness, the laws seem to have permeated the medical establishment more deeply… Read more »
by Phil Galewitz, USA Today, 14 November 2015 Personal stories will continue to make the difference in getting lawmakers’ support, said Barbara Coombs Lee, the group’s president. “Individual stories are always what move people because they think ‘Oh, but for the grace of God, go I,’” Coombs Lee said. “We have been so fortunate to have… Read more »
by Associate Professor Richard Chye, director of palliative care St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November 2015 Because we avoid death, it is hard to know what we might want when confronted by its reality. When considering death in the abstract, it might seem euthanasia is a good way for Australia to head, but I am… Read more »
by HOPE Australia, 29 October 2015 For the very first time since the Belgian euthanasia law was introduced in 2002, the Belgian Euthanasia Commission has referred a reported euthanasia case to the judiciary for review. It relates to the death of 85-year-old Simona de Moor, a physically healthy woman, whose story featured in a Dateline documentary aired in… Read more »
by Care Alliance, 9 October 2015 New Zealand is the third best country in the world for palliative care, according to a new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit. The United Kingdom and Australia are ranked first and second respectively, and Ireland is fourth. The United States is ninth.The report considered data in five categories… Read more »
by Baroness Ilora Finlay, President of the British Medical Association, The Economist, 22 June 2015 Jenny (not her real name) was a week or so short of her sixtieth birthday when she came into the hospice. She had advanced cancer and she, and her family, knew the end was close. And her family were devoted. Not… Read more »
by Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Cape Cod Times, 27 October 2012 When my husband was first diagnosed with cancer, he was told that he had only two to four months to live, that he’d never go back to the U.S. Senate, that he should get his affairs in order, kiss his wife, love his family and get… Read more »
The Bay of Plenty Times reports on a meeting of 100 people in Tauranga who heard from Dr Thurlow and Dr Kleinsman that legalising assisted suicide would take New Zealand into irreversible “dangerous territory”. Read more.