Category: News

Belgium 2015 euthanasia report: Deaths continue to rise.

by Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 27 January 2016 Alex Schadenberg explains that the Belgian official statistics, which show another rise in the number of euthanasia deaths, are significantly under-reporting the real case. The 2015 Belgian euthanasia data indicates that the number of euthanasia deaths continue to increase. According to the Belgian media, in 2015, there… Read more »

Assisted Suicide and Depression: A personal experience.

by Patricia Russo, 24 March 2014 Ms Russo writes movingly of her personal experience of living with depression for 50 years, and the impact that the assisted suicide debate has on her. The image of dying in the arms of one who loves you is very painful to behold by one who is suicidal and… Read more »

Inconvenient Facts About Assisted Suicide

by Matthew Jansen, MetroMag, 18 January 2016 Matthew Jansen (the Secretary of the Care Alliance) provided a response to Graham Adams’ earlier article on assisted suicide. Mr Adams asserted that there “is simply no evidence” that euthanasia “would be an option frail old people would think they ought to take.” Unfortunately there is such evidence,… Read more »

Euthanasia debate: Jayne Malcolm’s story, the flip side of assisted death

by Katie Kenny, Fairfax Media, 26 January 2016 Lecretia Seales and Jayne Malcolm had much in common. They were Wellington-based lawyers diagnosed with brain tumours. They had wide smiles and dark wavy hair. They died at 42 years of age. While Lecretia campaigned for physician-assisted death, Jayne wanted to wait for a miracle. In some… Read more »

Tributes paid to campaigner’s ‘steely determination, selflessness and dignity’

by John Pring, Disability News Service, 21 January 2016 Friends and fellow activists have paid tribute to the anti-euthanasia and disability rights campaigner Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick, whose life and death “epitomised the true meaning of dignity”. Fitzpatrick – who died on 15 January, leaving a wife, Fabienne, and three adopted children – played a huge… Read more »

Assisted Suicide Is Not A Progressive Issue

by Matthew Jansen, Pundit, 20 January 2016 Matthew Jansen (Secretary of the Care Alliance) had a column published on The Pundit blogsite highlighting that people using the Oregon Death With Dignity Act come from a very narrow section of society. The Guardian columnist Giles Fraser recently wrote “let us not pretend that this ‘personal choice’ is unaffected by… Read more »

Unequal Lives, Unequal Deaths

by Sunita Puri, New York Times, 20 January 2016 Dr Puri is a palliative care physician working in the poorer districts of South Los Angeles: a place where “people die an average of 10 years earlier than those who live less than 10 miles away.” Death may be humanity’s great equalizer, but the inequalities suffered… Read more »

Reflections On A Moving Story

by Matthew Jansen, Kiwiblog guest post, 20 January 2016 Kiwiblog (which had written sympathetically about an elderly Australian couple who completed a pre-determined suicide last year) provided Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance, with an opportunity to put a different perspective of what the story meant. The international experience in Oregon, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland is… Read more »

A thank you letter to David Bowie from a palliative care doctor

by Mark Taubert, BMJ Blogs, 15 January 2016 Mark Taubert is a palliative care doctor in Cardiff. He writes about what David Bowie’s music means to him, and how he talked about Bowie’s death with one of his patients. So back to the conversation I had with the lady who had recently received the news that… Read more »