Category: News

10 Questions for David Seymour: #7

by Care Alliance, 20 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #7 How much money will this save in healthcare spending? The ‘unthinkable’ idea that older people cost too much to be cared for, and that this is… Read more »

‘Leftie, feminist, academic’ Shakira Hussein: “Why I don’t support euthanasia (and you shouldn’t either)”

by Shakira Hussein, Crikey, 17 May 2016 Dr Hussein is a writer and academic at the National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne, researching issues of gender, multiculturalism, gendered violence and radicalisation. She wrote last year: “I considered that opposition to euthanasia was a cause for right-wing social conservatives, not for leftie feminists… Read more »

10 Questions for David Seymour: #6

by Care Alliance, 18 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #6 How do you prevent subtle coercion of older people? In a 2015 New Zealand study published by the Office for Senior Citizens, 10.1% of those aged… Read more »

10 Questions for David Seymour: #5

by Care Alliance, 18 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #5 What is the error rate of medical diagnosis? “The diagnosis is wrong 10–15% of the time.” A diverse range of research into this issue over… Read more »

Woman, 77, with osteoarthritis approved for euthanasia in Canada

by Mia de Graaf, Daily Mail, 28 June 2017 Ms de Graaf reports on a Canadian court case in which ‘AB’, a 77-year old woman with osteoarthritis, asked for euthanasia. Although Canada legalized assisted dying last year for people enduring unbearable suffering, two doctors refused to administer lethal drugs since they feared being charged with murder… Read more »

10 Questions For David Seymour: #4

by Care Alliance, 17 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #4 How many deaths per year from this bill?   The Netherlands requirements concerning eligibility for euthanasia are very similar to those in David Seymour’s Bill. We… Read more »

10 Questions For David Seymour: #3

by Care Alliance, 14 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July.   #3 Why involve doctors? Why not lawyers? The New Zealand Medical Association Position Statement on Euthanasia states: “Euthanasia, that is the act of deliberately ending… Read more »

Why doctors get it wrong about when you will die

by Jules Montague, The Guardian, 2 June 2015 Dr Montague, a consultant neurologist in London, explains why “it’s difficult to predict exactly when a patient is going to die, or, sometimes, if they are going to die at all.” Why is it so difficult to prognosticate? Every patient is different, every disorder is different, every disorder within… Read more »

10 Questions for David Seymour: #2

by Care Alliance, 13 July 2017 Click here to view the 10 Questions For David Seymour website, with questions (and answers!) being added between 12 July and 25 July. #2 Are people with mental illness in or out? David Seymour’s Bill states that a person is eligible for euthanasia and assisted suicide who suffers from… Read more »