Category: News

Commentary: Shortening life to end suffering is troubling

by Thomas J. Madejski, Times Union, 28 April 2018 Compelling arguments have not been made for medicine to change its footing and to incorporate the active shortening of life into the norms of medical practice. Although relief of suffering has always been a fundamental duty in medical practice, relief of suffering through shortening of life has… Read more »

Euthanasia bill ‘dangerous’ – Palliative care workers

by Emma Hatton, Radio New Zealand, 27 April 2018 The Netherlands, Belgium and Canada are some of the countries where euthanasia has been legalised. But, Professor MacLeod said there was no place yet, where the law provided absolute safety to those who were vulnerable. “There is no jurisdiction anywhere across the world that has produced a… Read more »

Positive and Negative Medical Developments

by Professor Michael Kennedy, Australian Medical Association, 14 March 2018 Frequently, patients suffering from neuromuscular degenerative diseases appear in the media supporting euthanasia. The eminent neurologists John Walton and Roger Bannister were among the strongest public and at committee level opponents of euthanasia legislation. There are many drugs now in the clinical trial stage that may… Read more »

Calling a spade a soil relocation aid

by Jonathan Hatfield, The New Zealand Herald, 27 March 2018 Assisted dying is a vague term and could mean no more than the important service of rearranging the pillows for a dying person.  The End of Life Choice Bill talks of assisted dying but with no indication of how this is to happen until the last… Read more »

Landmark Canadian court case proves euthanasia safeguards aren’t there

20 March 2018 “The current landmark court case in Canada again reinforces the fact that laws legalising euthanasia cannot provide safeguards that work,” says Dr Peter Thirkell, Care Alliance Secretary. Roger Foley has cerebellar ataxia, a terminal and incurable severe brain disorder that limits movement and leaves him unable to perform basic tasks independently. He… Read more »