"Living" wills to be used to die?

South Australian MP and euthanasia advocate Steph Key MP announced today that she wants to be able to create 'options' in Living Wills for people to be able to choose death. 'Living Wills'- once used to describe what are now known more accurately as 'Advance Care Directives', are instruments where a person can make a determination, in advance, of what type of care they want and/ or reject at the end-of-life. The use of the word 'Living' in this context simply modifies the normal understanding of a Last Will and Testament. Key's use, however, seems to be a deliberate and macabre play between living and dying.Advance Care Directives can be useful instruments. They can also be problematic in situations where the request is poorly worded or does not account for unforeseen circumstances. Regardless, they were never intended to be used for the person to direct that they be killed. Continue reading

Proposed changes to Belgian euthanasia law may affect freedom of conscience

This update on developments in Belgium has a familiar ring to it. The latest 'Trojan Horse' euthanasia bill in South Australia ( ) has a provision that, should a doctor have a conscientious objection to killing his or her patient, they must refer the patient on to someone who will do the deed. (see also: ) Continue reading

Do Americans want to legalize assisted suicide?

comments on US Polls and why polls really don't help us understand what people really think and want.  Alex SchadenbergA recent poll indicates that 55% of Americans support assisted suicide. The poll that was conducted by Continue reading

France may allow Assisted Suicide

  From Alex Schadenberg's Continue reading

Importing Death Canisters - legal or not?

  Last Night (Tuesday 18th December) the ABC's National Current Affairs program, The 7:30 Report Continue reading

Assisted Suicide in the USA - all is not well

  A new report by Living and Dying Well UK Continue reading

Belgian Euthanasia to Expand to Minors

  comments on a new push in Belgium:Wesley Smith Continue reading

Euthanasia "trivialized" in Belgium: report by bioethics institute

  This post first appeared on the website, written by Michael Cook: Continue reading

End elderly stereotypes: UK archbishop

  This article appeared in . It captures well some of the underlying attitudes that lead to both Elder Abuse and pressures for euthanasia & assisted suicide: Continue reading