Category: News

‘Death with dignity’ devalues disability

by Mike Volkman, Times Union, 27 November 2017 What does it mean to die with dignity? Or the opposite, what is death without dignity or with indignity? There is no legal definition. It is a phrase people like to use with the hope that it is sufficient and accepted. Remember the bit George Carlin did in… Read more »

No, most people aren’t in severe pain when they die

by Kathy Eagar, Sabina Clapham, and Samuel Allingham, The Conversation, 11 December 2017 Many people fear death partly because of the perception they might suffer increasing pain and other awful symptoms the nearer it gets. There’s often the belief palliative care may not alleviate such pain, leaving many people to die excruciating deaths. But an… Read more »

Disabled lives are worth living – euthanasia implies otherwise

by Claire Freeman, Stuff, 15 December 2017 While it is commendable that we are discussing euthanasia, we need to be extremely careful not to make assumptions about the quality of life of others like myself – people with grievous and irremediable medical conditions. When the majority of health professionals believe that lives like mine are not worth… Read more »

Dr Sinead Donnelly: Palliative medicine uses morphine with care

by Sinead Donnelly, The New Zealand Herald, 15 December 2017 Politicians do great harm to the perception of medical practice, and instil unnecessary fear and anxiety in the minds of the public, by promulgating, on national television, incorrect, misleading and unsubstantiated statements. “By promoting the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide, David Seymour’s bill is… Read more »

Making Victoria’s euthanasia laws: a process to be shunned

by Robert Clark, The Spectator Australia, 7 December 2017 Regrettably, in Victoria, for many MPs, responsibility was overborne by politics.  The drive to implement the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendation on “voluntary assisted dying” came from a Premier seeking to reposition his party on the political spectrum and to revive his waning popularity, who then used every… Read more »

Care Alliance Welcomes Upcoming Debate on EOLC Bill

Care Alliance Press Release, 13 December 2017 The Care Alliance welcomes the upcoming debate about euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand following the decision by MPs to move David Seymour’s End of Life Choice bill through to Select Committee. “We look forward to a full and robust consultation,” says Care Alliance spokesperson Dr Peter… Read more »

Watching my uncle die – and his mood swings – confirmed my opposition to euthanasia

by Mike Yardley, Stuff, 5 December 2017 It’s the unintended consequences of allowing euthanasia that particularly perturb me, whereby shifting societal values would make seniors and the disabled increasingly feel like a financial and emotional burden, and obliged to seek termination. Such coercion might be undetectable, but how can you possibly safeguard against it? David Seymour is welcome to… Read more »