Tag: euthanasia

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 »

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 »

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 »