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How Does Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide Affect Rates of Suicide?

by David Albert Jones and David Paton, Medscape Jones and Paton analysed data in the United States to understand the impact of assisted-suicide laws on the overall suicide rate. The news is not good. Conclusions: Legalizing PAS has been associated with an increased rate of total suicides relative to other states and no decrease in nonassisted suicides. This… Read more »

The Secret Life of Grief

by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, 3 December 2013 A longer weekend read from two years ago: Derek Thompson’s funny sad honest memories of the death of his beloved mother lead him to discover resilience in grief. This is how we have better conversations about dying. Eulogies ought to begin with a laugh, I decided, so… Read more »

A scandal in the euthanasia archives

by Ian Dowbiggin, The Prince Arthur Herald, 30 November 2015 Ian Dowbiggin teaches history at the University of Prince Edward Island, and is the author of A Merciful End: The Euthanasia Movement in Modern America. One thing is clear: if the euthanasia movement’s records have indeed been destroyed, a lot of history has vanished, Orwell-like, down a… Read more »

The Disability Experience

by William Peace, Bad Cripple, 2 December 2015 William Peace has a PhD in Anthropology with Distinction from Columbia University, and his research interests include the history of anthropology, body art and modification, bioethics, and disability studies. He is a member of the board of Not Dead Yet. For those who support assisted suicide legislation… Read more »

Parents – talk to your kids about mental health. Even if it’s awkward.

by Hannah Jane Parkinson, The Guardian, 1 December 2015 Young people are especially vulnerable in dealing with mental illness. Families need to be ready, willing and able to talk about it. There are many things it’s difficult to talk about with parents. Mental health, apparently, is one of them. Given that one in 10 young… Read more »

The right to die or the right to kill?

by Karen Hitchcock, The Monthly, December 2015 Dr Hitchcock reflects on her appearance with Andrew Denton on the ABC’s Q & A programme. Celebrity is our religion. Celebrities are our gurus, teaching us what to wear, what to buy, how to look and, now, what to think. They front campaigns for human rights and animal… Read more »

The Compassion & Choices California Playbook

by Phil Galewitz, USA Today, 14 November 2015 Personal stories will continue to make the difference in getting lawmakers’ support, said Barbara Coombs Lee, the group’s president. “Individual stories are always what move people because they think ‘Oh, but for the grace of God, go I,’” Coombs Lee said. “We have been so fortunate to have… Read more »