Category: News

Accurate language matters in this life-and-death debate

by Ilora Finlay, The Economist, 31 August 2018 Nor does legalising “assisted dying” reduce other suicides. In the Netherlands unassisted suicides rose by over 20% from 2002 to 2016, despite downward trends in some of its neighbouring countries. Oregon’s unassisted suicides rose by over 28% from 1996 to 2016. Click here to read the full article.

Liberals and atheists can also oppose assisted dying

by Kevin Yuill, The Economist, 22 August 2018 We are not simply our bodies. Assisted suicide defines our lives in overly physical terms. There is another dimension of ourselves, made up of our experiences, relationships and interactions. With assisted suicide, we ask that doctors, experts only in our somatic existence, play God. When someone else is… Read more »

Fear of dying should not lead to dangerous legal changes

by Ilora Finlay, The Economist, 21 August 2018 We should not forget that laws are more than just regulatory instruments. They also send powerful social messages. An assisted dying law sends the subliminal message, however unintended by legislators, that if we are terminally ill taking our own lives is something we should consider. Changing the social… Read more »

Guernsey was right to reject assisted dying

by Emilie Yerby, The Economist, 20 August 2018 I cannot imagine ever supporting assisted dying. I want to avoid the false hope of “I would support it if…” because my “if” is hardwired into the way our world works. I would support assisted dying if I could be confident that we got it right every time…. Read more »

Proper palliative care makes assisted dying unnecessary

by Benoit Beuselinck, The Economist, 24 August 2018 Symptoms of physical suffering at the end of a disease can be managed with medical therapies and palliative sedation if necessary, making euthanasia unnecessary. However, the Belgian experience shows that when you allow euthanasia for severe physical suffering at the end of a disease, little by little, doctors… Read more »

Why I’m voting ‘no’ on the assisted suicide bill: Seselja

by Zed Seselja, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 August 2018 It’s impossible not to be moved by the plight of terminally ill Australians who are enduring real suffering. But the question we have to ask as legislators is – will crossing this ethical threshold lead to better or worse outcomes for Australians, particularly our most vulnerable… Read more »

I feel great sympathy for Brouwers and the situation she was in. With a condition so severe, I dread to imagine how difficult every hour of every day must have become. But with that said, I’m utterly appalled that authorities ever believed it was appropriate to grant someone with serious psychiatric problems the assistance to end her own life. This is incredibly dangerous.

by Angela Haggerty, The Herald, 12 August 2018 I feel great sympathy for Brouwers and the situation she was in. With a condition so severe, I dread to imagine how difficult every hour of every day must have become. But with that said, I’m utterly appalled that authorities ever believed it was appropriate to grant someone with… Read more »

In Life’s Last Moments, Open a Window

by Dr Rachel Clarke, The New York Times, 8 September 2018 “When you come to the end of your life, you get the sense that you don’t want to lose yourself, you want to be able to pass something on,” she told me later. “When I had whole brain radiotherapy, I felt as though something had… Read more »

“Nothing About Us Without Us” — Mantra for a Movement

by Eli A. Wolff and Dr Mary Hums, HuffPost, 6 September 2017 It matters because people with disabilities must be front and center as visible leaders to share our voice and our experience. It matters because it reinforces the role of people without disabilities as allies and partners who share the road toward inclusion and equality…. Read more »