Category: News

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 »

What happens when euthanasia is “normal”

AS, 5 August 2016 Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002. It is now so normalised as a ‘choice’ that Belgian paralympian Marieke Vervoort has said she will consider euthanasia after competing at Rio. “Rio is my last wish, hopefully I can finish my career on the podium,” Vervoort said in an interview with Le Parisien. “I… Read more »

Say Their Names

by Suzanne Kamata, Beacon Broadside, 1 August 2016 Ms Kamata writes movingly about how the double standard applied to people with disabilities extends even to the worst of events. I keep waiting for someone to say their names. After a man drove a truck into tourists on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, last month, killing eighty-four and… Read more »

Health Select Committee officials should provide full analysis of public submissions

Media release, Care Alliance, 12 August 2016 Health Select Committee officials should provide full analysis of public submissions Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance, has called on Health Select Committee officials to provide a full analysis of the public submissions received in response to Maryan Street’s petition. The Office of the Clerk reported this… Read more »