The other slippery slope

Usually when the expansion of euthanasia and assisted suicide over time is discussed, it is looked at from a legal perspective, that is, considering how initially narrow categories of those eligible for euthanasia are expanded overtime in the law. Continue reading

Amendments do little to protect patients

The West Australian government appears to have conceded that its “perfect” euthanasia bill is not-so-perfect, with an announcement yesterday that it would agree to another six amendments to the bill. Continue reading

Whatever you do, don’t tell them the truth

New Zealand citizens are set to have their say on euthanasia next year, following a decision by its parliament to legalise euthanasia if approved by a referendum next year. Continue reading

Daughter anger at doctor suggesting euthanasia

“About a week or two before Mom passed away, her doctor stopped in to check on her. Mom was in some discomfort and the doctor suggested she could quicken the process to end her suffering, alluding to euthanasia. When I came to visit shortly after, Mom told me about the doctor’s visit. She had a look of confusion on her face and was very unsettled. I could just imagine the thoughts that assaulted her mind. Maybe this is too much for the kids?  Maybe they’re tired of caring for me? Maybe I’m just a financial burden to society? Am I safe in this place or do they want to end my life? All very horrible thoughts for someone already so vulnerable and weak. I assured her that none of that was true and left it at that, although I was very angry at the doctor.” Continue reading

“Much more widespread and more serious”

“We have been told about people who have walked into an aged care residence, frail but in relatively good spirits and mentally alert, only to die a few months later after suffering from falls, serious pressure injuries and significant pain and distress. We have seen images of people with maggots feeding in open sores and we have seen video and photographic evidence of outright abuse. Continue reading

1500 NZ doctors sign open letter against euthanasia

More than 1500 doctors in New Zealand have signed an open letter to all New Zealanders, appealing to MPs not to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide. Continue reading

WA government: euthanasia patients to receive priority

It’s one of those instances in which truth is stranger than fiction. Continue reading

Historic show of unity on euthanasia debate

In an historic show of unity, religious groups in Australia and overseas have come together in agreement that giving suffering people the legal and physical means to take their own lives or to have someone end their lives for them represented a “failure” for society Continue reading

An important message from 150 WA medical practitioners

An important message from 150 Western Australian medical practitioners to the WA parliament. Continue reading

Report tabled to allow euthanasia for kids under 12

Euthanasia advocates in three different countries that have already legalised euthanasia or assisted suicide have this week sought for the expansion of the regime. Continue reading