Tag: assisted suicide

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 »

Commentary: Shortening life to end suffering is troubling

by Thomas J. Madejski, Times Union, 28 April 2018 Compelling arguments have not been made for medicine to change its footing and to incorporate the active shortening of life into the norms of medical practice. Although relief of suffering has always been a fundamental duty in medical practice, relief of suffering through shortening of life has… Read more »

Euthanasia bill ‘dangerous’ – Palliative care workers

by Emma Hatton, Radio New Zealand, 27 April 2018 The Netherlands, Belgium and Canada are some of the countries where euthanasia has been legalised. But, Professor MacLeod said there was no place yet, where the law provided absolute safety to those who were vulnerable. “There is no jurisdiction anywhere across the world that has produced a… Read more »

Positive and Negative Medical Developments

by Professor Michael Kennedy, Australian Medical Association, 14 March 2018 Frequently, patients suffering from neuromuscular degenerative diseases appear in the media supporting euthanasia. The eminent neurologists John Walton and Roger Bannister were among the strongest public and at committee level opponents of euthanasia legislation. There are many drugs now in the clinical trial stage that may… Read more »

Landmark Canadian court case proves euthanasia safeguards aren’t there

20 March 2018 “The current landmark court case in Canada again reinforces the fact that laws legalising euthanasia cannot provide safeguards that work,” says Dr Peter Thirkell, Care Alliance Secretary. Roger Foley has cerebellar ataxia, a terminal and incurable severe brain disorder that limits movement and leaves him unable to perform basic tasks independently. He… Read more »

Being exquisitely careful with the lives of others: the case against euthanasia and assisted suicide

February 2018 Listen to the recent presentation Dr Sinéad Donnelly gave to Hospice New Zealand on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Click here for the PDF slides to the presentation.   About Dr Donnelly Dr Sinéad Donnelly is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand. Dr Donnelly qualified in medicine in 1987 and completed her… Read more »

What happens when a patient says, ‘Doc, help me die’

by E. Wes Ely, CNN, 20 March 2018 I pulled a chair next to his bed so we could talk at eye level. His face was blank. “I want euthanasia. I’m going to die soon, so what’s the point of living longer? I’m just wasted space.” I felt nauseated. The illegality of euthanasia was not what… Read more »