If you don’t like the score, change the rules

In 2014, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) asked its members: “do you support a change in the law to permit assisted suicide by the terminally ill with the assistance of doctors?”  57.5 per cent of the membership voted ‘no.’  Continue reading

WA assisted suicide scheme a ‘minefield’

The barrister charged with the task of advising the WA government about assisted suicide legislation has described it as a ‘minefield’. Former WA governor Malcolm McCusker has said that ‘grappling with the big questions will likely keep him awake at night,” as he considers issues such as whether the scheme should include dementia patients, safeguards against coercion and the right of doctors and health care providers to conscientiously object.   Continue reading

Quebec study finds patients being short-changed in assisted suicide regime

Disappointingly, despite its year-long inquiry into end of life choices in Western Australia, the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices was unable to ascertain basic facts about palliative care in the state.  Continue reading

Push to force faith-based hospitals to perform euthanasia

Catholic hospitals in Canada have found themselves in the middle of a religious freedom battle, with euthanasia advocates claiming that hospitals who accept any government funding should be forced to participate in the country’s euthanasia regime. Continue reading

Limiting euthanasia offends the right to equality: lawyers

“If the law goes in Quebec, it’s gone across the entire country.”  - Jocelyn Downie Continue reading

Human rights court to consider euthanasia for depression case

In 2011, 63-year old Godelieva De Troyer asked her doctor of over 20 years to agree to her request for euthanasia.  Her doctor declined, because De Troyer was not suffering from a terminal illness; she was suffering from depression. Continue reading

Death is the cheapest form of “treatment”

Last year, we told you the story of Kristen Hanson and her husband, J.J., who died from cancer in December 2017. Continue reading

Tasmanian parliament poised to legalise assisted suicide

2019 looks set to be a big year when it comes to the fight against assisted suicide in Australia. Continue reading

Why is the Victorian government claiming this as a safeguard?

  The Victorian government has bizarrely claimed as a ‘safeguard’ the announcement that Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital will be the sole dispenser of the lethal drugs for assisted suicide and euthanasia. Continue reading

The one vote that makes all the difference

The battle to protect the vulnerable in New South Wales from legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide will reach a greater intensity this year with the announcement that Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm will quit federal politics and run for the NSW Legislative Council. Continue reading