‘The idea of choice is a fallacy’

Just days from New Zealand taking to the polls on euthanasia and assisted suicide, new questions have been raised about the disproportionate effects a change in law would have on the most vulnerable and most marginalised, including the disabled. Continue reading

Demedicalisation: removing doctors from euthanasia

The majority of discussion around euthanasia and assisted suicide laws tends to focus on the more practical questions around its implementation.  Continue reading

Fatal Flaws in New Zealand’s euthanasia laws

With voting in New Zealand’s referendum on the End of Life Choices Act 2019 having now commenced, medical and legal professionals continue to speak up to counter false claims made by euthanasia activists about the proposed legislation and the so-called safeguards contained within it. Continue reading

Parliament adjourns, but questions continue

Debate on Tasmania’s proposed assisted suicide and euthanasia laws has been adjourned in the Upper House, and the Parliament is not sitting for another couple of weeks. Continue reading

Fresh trial of Belgian euthanasia doctor

A new trial has been instigated against Belgian euthanasia doctor Joris Van Hove, who was acquitted of the unlawful euthanasia death of thirty eight year old Belgian woman Tine Nys earlier this year. Two other doctors were also acquitted as part of that trial. Continue reading

Who would sue a medical body for this?

Imagine an election was held and three candidates were up for election, and 6674 people voted.  The results were as follows: Candidate A: 3144 votes; Candidate B: 2684 votes; Candidate C: 701 votes; and 145 blank votes were cast. Continue reading

Doctors find the Gaffney euthanasia bill confusing and contradictory

“We remain very concerned about several components of the draft Bill. It is long and confusing, seems to have been developed on the run, comprises 160 pages much of which we found difficult to understand and many points that seem contradictory.” Continue reading

A tale of two cities

Reginald lives in Auckland and was diagnosed with lung cancer.  He is quickly linked with an oncologist and referred to palliative care doctors who offer counselling, arrange family meetings, assist him in sorting out his affairs, and arrange for him to have oxygen and a hospital bed in his home.  He is visited regularly at home by the palliative care team or his GP, who are able to offer him admission to a hospice if he or his family needs the respite.  During the whole time, medicines are administered to ease his discomfort. Continue reading

Does anyone have the right to ask questions?

Katherine and her husband have been married for 48 years.  He is 83 years old, and so they have been married for more than half their lives.  Continue reading

“Dad would have missed out on so much”

The heart-warming personal story of 18-year old New Zealand girl Rachel Major and her dad has highlighted the inherent dangers of euthanasia laws being proposed for New Zealand this year.  Continue reading