Category: News

Canadian lawyers want to expand “assisted dying” law

by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press, 12 August 2016 A quick recap: in February 2015 the Canadian Supreme Court ruled in the Carter case that a blanket ban against assisted suicide was ‘unconstitutional’ because it was ‘too broad’. The Canadian Parliament could have overridden that ruling, but chose instead to pass legislation this year to… Read more »

Euthanasia tourists, especially from France, flocking to Belgium for a lethal dose

by Ritwik Roy, International Business Times, 20 August 2016 Euthanasia tourists are flocking to Brussels to get a lethal dose. Doctors at hospitals and clinics at Belgium’s capital are seeing an increase in number of euthanasia tourists who are travelling from across the world to their accident and emergency rooms. As elective medical killings are… Read more »

Why 9NEWS uses the words assisted ‘suicide’

by Brandon Rittiman, KUSA, 19 August 2016 Colorado will be voting in November on an assisted suicide proposal. Local television station KUSA 9 News explains why they will be using the term “assisted suicide” in their coverage of the issue. Supporters of that law have asked 9NEWS not to call it assisted “suicide.” They’d rather we… Read more »

Confronting mortality and dying well

by Cathy O’Leary, The West Australian, 21 August 2016 Ms O’Leary tells the story of Naomi and Scott Blackwell. Ms Blackwell was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. Her husband Scott is a palliative care specialist who “was suddenly in the role of family carer, rather than doctor.” They chose doctors to treat Naomi who were on… Read more »

Rest home caregiver’s slap caught on hidden camera

by Libby Wilson, Stuff, 22 August 2016 Ms Wilson reports on the case of 86-year old Hamilton man Piri Hemi, who has dementia, limited mobility and can’t see or hear well. The Hemi family reluctantly put Piri into a rest home when his care needs got too much for Piri’s wife of 65 years, Betty, son Allan Hemi… Read more »

Study Examines Major Flaws in Assisted Suicide Laws

Maryland Against Physician Assisted Suicide, 17 August 2016 A recent study of euthanasia and assisted suicide “highlights a major problem with PAS laws and legislation, one that we’ve been talking about since this battle started: terminal patients have high rates of depression, but are not required to receive a professional mental health evaluation or treatment… Read more »

States Worse Than Death: I Don’t Think So

by William Peace, Bad Cripple, 10 August 2016 Mr Peace has been paralysed since he was 18 years old. He is a writer, disability rights advocate and board member of Not Dead Yet. He reflects on a study of 180 people in hospital in Philadelphia. All were over 60 years old and had a serious… Read more »

Disability hate crime: then the rest is silence

by Paul Russell, News Weekly, 13 August 2016 Mr Russell is the Executive Director of HOPE, an Australian group opposed to the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide. He reflects on the low quality and quantity of coverage of the murder of 19 disabled people in Japan in July. The media characterised the attacks as “senseless” and… Read more »