Assisted dying debate: Clock’s ticking, but pinpointing when it’ll stop is tricky

by Farrah Tomazin, The Age, 9 October 2017

Hall had voted in favour of the laws; now she was preparing to use them. That is, until her radiation doctor, a staunch opponent of assisted dying, convinced her otherwise.

“I told her this was potentially curable and strongly encouraged her to get treated.” Dr Kenneth Stevens told The Age from his home in Oregon this month.

“The fact that she was refusing treatment made her terminal, but it’s a bit like a person who’s diabetic and on insulin – if they stop taking the insulin, then they may not live very long.

“Eventually she did get treatment, and the cancer went away. She’s now living and active – and it’s been 17 years.”

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