Tag: assisted suicide

Voluntary assisted dying bill defeated in NSW upper house

by Sean Nicholls, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 November 2017 The debate was opened by Labor health spokesman, Walt Secord, who acknowledged the “strong, emotional, compassionate desire behind [the bill]”. But he added: “I have not yet seen it possible to develop adequate legislative safeguards to protect people from the misuse of these laws.” “I have not… Read more »

Only one certainty if we make assisted suicide legal

by Dominic Perrottet, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 November 2017 It’s got me wondering: if NSW or Victoria did cross that threshold, would news organisations continue to include the same potentially life-saving referral to suicide-prevention services in their reports? Or will that footnote need to be updated, with one message for those whose deaths the publishers wish… Read more »

The hidden implications of assisted suicide and euthanasia

by Peter Hudson, The Age, 7 October 2017 The fact is, assisted suicide may simply add to the anxieties and pressures felt by families. While the specific role of family carers in the process of assisted suicide is relatively underexplored, some instances of post-traumatic distress disorder and depression in families who witness assisted suicide have been… Read more »

I won’t intentionally help my patients to end their lives

by Marion Harris, The Age, 9 October 2017 The Australian Medical Association as well as most other international medical bodies do not support assisted dying laws. The American College of Physicians has this month published its position statement reaffirming its strong opposition to this practice on many levels. Even doctors who do support this are reluctant… Read more »

New York Courts Rule Against “Aid in Dying” and Warn of Its Dangers

by Richard M. Doerflinger, The Public Discourse, 29 September 2017 The Court of Appeals noted that claims of a state constitutional right to assisted suicide have lost everywhere else they have been tried—in Alaska, California, Florida, Michigan, and New Mexico. But this new defeat in New York is especially devastating to the assisted suicide cause. New… Read more »

Marine Corps veteran: I’m thankful I wasn’t offered assisted suicide when I was told I was dying three years ago

by J.J. Hanson, Fox News, 30 September 2017 J.J. Hanson is a terminal brain cancer patient, U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and president of Patients Rights Action Fund. Assisted suicide laws require a prognosis of six months or less to live, but how can we let our life-and-death decisions rest on these prognoses, when even… Read more »

Assisted suicide is dangerously disablist

by Phillippa Willitts, Global Comment, 22 September 2017 Philippa Willitts is a British freelance writer who specialises in writing about disability, women’s issues, social media and tech. Perhaps the most worrying aspect of the current assisted suicide debate in the UK and around the world is the idea that suicide prevention is very, very important and… Read more »