Category: News

‘The one thing we have in common here is feeling lonely’

by Tommy Livingston, Tom Hunt, Rachel Thomas and Deidre Mussen, DominionPost, 20 May 2016   The DominionPost reports on the latest case of the death of an elderly person going unnoticed, this time in Wellington’s Dixon Street Apartments. The elderly man whose decomposing body was found at a central Wellington apartment block had a bulging letterbox… Read more »

New Zealand suicide reporting laws due to change, here’s what you need to know

by Laura Walters, Stuff, 18 May 2016 Click here if you or someone you know needs assistance. The Coroners Amendment Bill is currently being considered by Parliament. Amongst other things, it would change the way that self-inflicted deaths can be reported in the media before, during and after a coronial inquest. Ms Walters reports on the difficult issue… Read more »

Pfizer Blocks the Use of Its Drugs in Executions

by Erik Ekholm, New York Times, 13 May 2016 Mr Ekholm reports that Pfizer, a large pharmaceutical company, now requires wholesalers of seven drugs promise they will not be used for executions in the United States. The company says that “Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve, and strongly objects to… Read more »

What everyone should know about lab tests

by Shannon Haymond, Scientific American, 9 May 2016 Dr Haymond is the director of a medical laboratory at a children’s hospital in Chicago, and an Associate Professor of Pathology at Northwestern University. She notes a new study suggests that medical error causes 251,000 deaths in the United States each year, making it the third largest cause… Read more »

Moving to palliative care

by Elizabeth Caplice, Palliverse, 13 May 2016 Elizabeth Caplice turned 32 in April. i have been terminally ill for some time, under one definition or another, but the sort of treatment i am seeking now, and the way my body feels now, is changing. i know that i am getting ready to move from my oncology… Read more »

Dutch sexual abuse victim euthanised

by Steve Doughty, Daily Mail, 11 May 2016 Steve Doughty reports on the case of a woman in her twenties who was euthanised in the Netherlands last year because of the effects of childhood sexual abuse. It went ahead despite improvements in the woman’s psychological condition after ‘intensive therapy’ two years ago. … two years before… Read more »

New Zealanders at Euthanasia 2016 conference

by Matthew Jansen, Care Alliance, 12 May 2016 The Euthanasia 2016 conference starts in Amsterdam this morning (New Zealand time). It is the World Federation of Right to Die Societies biennial conference, organised on its behalf by NVVE, the Dutch Right to Die Society which is currently campaigning for all people over 70 years old to have access to… Read more »

From the “You couldn’t make this stuff up” files

by Aron Hyman, Times Live (South Africa), 6 May 2016 In 2011 Sean Davison pleaded guilty in Dunedin to assisting the suicide of his mother in 2006, and was sentenced to five months home detention. Despite the guilty plea, he said outside the Court “I am not a criminal. I feel I did not commit a crime and… Read more »

289% increase in Dutch euthanasia deaths since 2006

by Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 6 May 2016 As the international pro-euthanasia lobby gathers in Amsterdam for the Euthanasia 2016 conference this week, a Netherlands’ government report shows that the number of reported euthanasia deaths in that country increased by 4.8 percent in the past year (5,306 in 2014: 5561 in 2015), or nearly 3 times the 1,923… Read more »