Prevalence of depression and anxiety in patients requesting physicians' aid in dying: cross sectional survey

British Medical Journal Aug, 2008 Comment: Concerns the link between depression and request for assisted suicide in Oregon. 26% of participants in the study were considered to be depressed or experiencing feelings of hopelessness; yet none were sent for an assessment (which is considered a 'safeguard' in Oregon's DWDA law.).   Link to study at BMJ website Continue reading

Deliberate termination of life of newborns with spina bifida, a critical reappraisal

Childs Nervous System. Jan, 2008 Comment: Questions the whole thrust of the Groningen protocol.  Link to article at external website Continue reading

Legal physician-assisted suicide in Oregon and The Netherlands: evidence concerning the impact on patients in vulnerable groups--another perspective on Oregon's data.

Journal of Medical Ethics Oct, 2007 Comment: Challenges the assertion that vulnerable groups are not affected by euthanasia & assisted suicide laws.Link to abstract only Continue reading

End-of-Life Practices in the Netherlands under the Euthanasia Act

The New England Journal of Medicine May, 2007 Comment: This is the study on the 2005 statistics from the Netherlands noting that 20% of all euthanasia deaths were not reported. Also noted the increase in death by 'continuous deep sedation'.  Link to article at NEJM Continue reading

Euthanasia and Depression: A Prospective Cohort Study Among Terminally Ill Cancer Patients

Journal of Clinical Oncology Sep 20, 2005 Comment: Concerns the link between depression and euthanasia. The author hypothesised that there was no connection. Conclusion that people with signs of depression or a sense of hopelessness were 4.1 times more likely to request euthanasia.  Link to study at JCO website Continue reading

The Groningen Protocol - Euthanasia in Severely Ill Newborns

The New England Journal of Medicine Mar, 2005 Comment: Explains how the Groningen protocol operates.Link to article at NEJM Continue reading

Parliament of Tasmania 1998 Community Development Committee Report: On the need for legislation on Voluntary Euthanasia

"the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia would pose a serious threat to the more vulnerable members of society and that the obligation of the state to protect all its members equally outweighs the individual's freedom to choose voluntary euthanasia."   Link to the FULL REPORT Continue reading