People’s views on euthanasia change depending on how you ask the question

  Euthanasia advocates constantly refer to high levels of support in polling about assisted suicide. These polls don’t tell the full story however. The result (unsurprisingly) depends on how the question is asked.  A very big starting point is confusion about what the term ‘assisted dying’ means. Continue reading

Can doctors in Victoria conscientiously object to assisted suicide?

The Victorian Health Care Association (VHCA) is currently writing guidelines for doctors to use when the assisted suicide regime begins in Victoria in 2019.  The VHCA has stated that it will be giving guidance to Catholic hospitals about how to “sensitively refer people onto participating services”. Continue reading

The World Medical Association being lobbied to drop its opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide

News has emerged that the Canadian Medical Association and the Royal Dutch Medical Association are lobbying the World Medical Association (WMA) to convince it to drop its condemnation of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The WMA is meeting in Reykjavik in October this year. Continue reading

“I lost my husband to cancer. I’m forever thankful that he didn’t choose assisted suicide.”

Kristen Hanson’s 36-year-old husband died in December last year of a terminal and extremely aggressive form of brain cancer.  She recently penned an emotional article entitled “I lost my husband to cancer. I’m forever thankful that he didn’t choose assisted suicide.” Continue reading

Euthanasia talk – ACL State Conference – Western Australia

Becoming activists in the fight against legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide Firstly I would like to acknowledge the work of Paul Russell over many years in fighting euthanasia and assisted suicide. I am sure that Paul is known to many of you – HOPE is the legacy that he has created through his dedication, hard work and vision. He understands deeply the threat that the legalisation of assisted suicide poses to our country and to the most vulnerable members of our society. I would like to pay special tribute to him for the incredible work he has done.  He has left very big shoes to fill, and I am very grateful and honoured for the opportunity to take up the fight where he has so capably finished it.   Continue reading

Ten things you should know about the WA End of Life Choices Report

On 23 August 2018, the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices of the Western Australian parliament (Committee) released its report, the subject of a year-long inquiry and ultimately, recommended the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide in that state. Continue reading

Very real consequences

A recent court case in Canada has highlighted some of the very real concerns about the consequences of legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide. “I have not received the care that I need to relieve my suffering and have only been offered assisted dying.” Continue reading

How the Leyonhjelm Bill was defeated

          Branka van der Linden recounts how the week unfolded:Last week, we were elated at the result in the federal Senate which saw the Leyonhjelm Bill (which would have cleared the way for euthanasia and assisted suicide to be legalised in the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory) defeated by 36 votes to 34. It was a close outcome and shows what can be done when we work together and make our voices heard in the parliament. But the tight result means we cannot become complacent. The push from activists continues. Continue reading

Shocking statistics from Belgium

Over the last two years in Belgium, three children were put to death under their euthanasia laws.  The children were aged 9, 11 and 17.  A further 77 were euthanised for “mental disorders and behaviour,” making it the sixth most common reason for legalised killing in that country.   Continue reading

Senate euthanasia debate begins today

From today (Tuesday, 14 August 2018), the federal Senate will debate and vote on a bill that would smooth the way for the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide. Following a reported deal between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Senator David Leyonhjelm, a private member’s bill will be introduced by Senator Leyonhjelm and debate will occur from 14-16 August. Continue reading