Tag: assisted dying

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.

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 »

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 »