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

How 'Go Gentle' are already campaigning in Queensland

The activists who fought to pressure the Victorian government into legalising assisted suicide are turning their sights to other jurisdictions in Australia. Dying with Dignity Queensland are teaming up with ‘Go Gentle Australia’ to convince the Queensland parliament to bring in similar laws Continue reading

Medical professionals resign due to euthanasia laws

In Belgium and the Netherlands, medical professionals are resigning in considerable numbers due to the lack of regulation surrounding the practice of euthanasia. This phenomenon is specifically peaking in the palliative care field, as nurses and doctors find their roles reduced to that of reluctant executioners. Continue reading

Nurse sneaks into Jewish nursing home to euthanise patient

An Orthodox Jewish nursing home in Vancouver has filed a complaint after an abortion doctor entered their facility without permission and secretly euthanised one of their patients. Life Site reports: Continue reading

Tell the ACT parliament: ‘we can do better’

On 30 November, the ACT Legislative Assembly established a Select Committee to review and report on end of life choices in the ACT. The terms of reference for the Select Committee include inquiring into and reporting on ACT community views on the desirability of voluntary assisted dying being legislated in the ACT. Continue reading

Physically healthy Dutch woman dies via euthanasia at age 29

Aurelia Brouwers died via euthanasia in her Netherlands home last week at the age of 29. She had suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder and other mental illness, but was physically healthy. Despite initial promises that only those with terminal illnesses who were mentally capable of making the decision would be eligible for euthanasia, The Netherlands now grants euthanasia for those suffering from mental illness: about 1 in 11 requests for euthanasia on psychological grounds only is granted. Continue reading

German medical experts hit back: don’t force us to be involved in euthanasia

A German federal ruling which ordered Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) to decide when to allocate lethal medicines to patients is being challenged by the institute’s physicians, who don’t want to be forced to be involved in euthanasia.  The March 2017 ruling of the Federal Court in Leipzig also legalised assisted suicide. Continue reading

Role contradictions for doctors: to bring health or death to a patient?

When it comes to assisted suicide, we should be concerned about the effect it will have upon the role of the doctors that serve us. Without assisted suicide in the picture, the doctor’s role is to ensure that everything in his or her power is done to preserve the health and life of the patient. However, when assisted suicide is introduced, it confuses the role of the doctor. Continue reading

One Specialist for every 704 deaths: palliative care problems in Australia

Thousands of our fellow Australians are dying in excruciating pain, thanks to the government's egregious disregard for the state of our palliative care system. In a piece titled “’Not the way they wanted to die’: Final wishes of thousands of Australians going unmet,” The Sydney Morning Herald volunteers some sobering statistics: Continue reading