Tag: assisted dying

We need to address questions of gender in assisted dying

by Rachael Wong, The Conversation, 25 October 2017 Taking into account gender differences in health care is important. And if there is potential for gendered risks in legalising assisted suicide, this requires further consideration and research in advance of any legislative change. These insights challenge the presumption that women who decide for assisted suicide are always… Read more »

Can we die? The seriously ill need clarity

by Jocelyn Downie and Jennifer Chandler, The Conversation, 24 April 2018 Not surprisingly, as the legislation has been implemented in Canada since June 2016, there has been considerable variability in the interpretation of “reasonably foreseeable” by doctors and nurse practitioners. Some appear to have interpreted it to mean “death expected within 12 months” or in the… Read more »

Number of Canadians choosing medically assisted death jumps 30%

by Kathleen Harris, CBC News, 21 June 2018 There were 1,523 medically assisted deaths in Canada in the last six-month reporting period — a nearly 30 per cent increase over the previous six months. Since Quebec’s assisted death law and the federal legislation came into force two years ago, 3,714 Canadians have received medical aid in dying. Shanaaz Gokool,… Read more »

Assisted dying—how safe is safe enough?

by Katherine Sleeman, The BMJ, 8 March 2018 Oregon, where the Death with Dignity Act has allowed assisted dying since 1997, is frequently held up to us as an example to follow, where there is no evidence of abuse of the law. But Oregon does not collect data adequate to determine this. Data on assisted deaths… Read more »

What does euthanasia mean for those who want to live?

by James Eglinton, The Sunday Herald, 17 May 2018 A society that legalises it automatically creates a new pair of choices for all of its citizens. These choices – to stop living, or to carry on living – are both novelties occasioned by the legalisation of euthanasia. If the terminally ill are granted the right to… Read more »

Euthanasia Bill risks are too great – expert

by Emma Jolliff, Newshub, 27 April 2018 Anyone who claims assisted dying already happens in New Zealand is peddling fake news, a palliative care expert says. A panel of specialists says the End of Life Bill going through Parliament is dangerous and the burden on doctors to assist a patient to die is too great. Click… 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 »