Category: News

Yes, Me Before You is fiction – but so are most arguments for assisted suicide

by Kevin Yuill, The Telegraph, 4 June 2016 Dr Yuill is senior lecturer in American history at the University of Sunderland, and author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal,Humanist Case Against Legalisation. The whole case for assisted suicide is fictional. Rather than empathy, it is based on anxiety in the worried well. “I’d rather die than suffer like… Read more »

Suicides come after people slip through cracks – study

by Anusha Bradley, RNZ National News, 2 June 2016 Click here if you or someone you know needs assistance. Ms Bradley reports on a study by the Suicide Mortality Review Committee which examined the 1797 suicides in New Zealand between 2007 and 2011, and in particular three groups with very high suicide rates: young Māori, mental health clients and working-aged… Read more »

The ‘Right to Die’ and ‘Rational Suicide’: a human rights perspective

by Victoria Casey, Human Rights Research Journal, May 2016 Ms Casey is a Wellington barrister specialising in public law who represented the Care Alliance as intervener in Seales v Attorney-General in the High Court in 2015. Victoria University law school hosted a symposium on the case earlier this year, and the papers by Ms Casey,… Read more »

Me Before You makes having a disability seem worse than death

by Michaela Hollywood, The Independent, 29 May 2016 Ms Hollywood is a member of Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Trailblazer network of 600 young MS activists. We are of course keen for disabled storylines to enter mainstream culture, but Me Before You is misleading and inaccurate. It spreads jarring messages about life as a disabled person to the public…. Read more »

A note meant nothing

by Amy Maas, Stuff, 29 May 2016 Click here if you or someone you know needs assistance. Ms Maas reports on the latest New Zealand suicide figures, and concerns that the actual figure may be even higher. From June 2014 to May 2015, 569 people are officially listed as having died by suicide or suspected suicide – the highest number… Read more »

The dangerously contagious effect of assisted-suicide laws

by Aaron Kheriaty, Washington Post, 20 November 2015 A recent study by Dr David Jones and Dr David Paton found that legalizing ‘Physician Assisted Suicide’ in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont was associated with a 6.3% increase in total suicides (including assisted suicides). In particular, they noted that the introduction of ‘PAS’ did not lead to a reduction in nonassisted… Read more »

Sam Claflin Ends Twitter Chat on #MeBeforeYou

by Dominick Evans, Storify, 24 May 2016 Me Before You is a movie due to be released internationally on 3 June 2016.  Based on the book by Jojo Moyes, it tells the story of Will, a quadraplegic man, who falls in love with Louisa, his caregiver. Will commits suicide so that Louise can have financial freedom… Read more »

Why I don’t support euthanasia (and you shouldn’t either)

by Shakira Hussein, Crikey, 17 May 2016 Ms Hussein is an Australian diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and argues that “euthanasia marginalises an already vulnerable group and should not be legalised.” I did not give the issue of euthanasia any serious consideration until after my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Like so many others, I considered that opposition… Read more »

‘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 »