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Not a noble death

Michael Cook | 07 May 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
The euthanasia of Nobel laureate Christian de Duve in Belgium is a worrying precedent for the world's baby boomers.

Compassionate Killing: the New Darling of Teen Lit

Clare Cannon | 03 May 2013 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: euthanasia, young adult

Only a “little, little, little” bit of killing

Peter Ryan | 05 April 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, euthanasia
Quebec, bellwether for Canadian social change, forges ahead with euthanasia plans.

Portrait of a forceful thinker

Jorge Bergoglio | 15 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: education, euthanasia, religion, same-sex marriage
Almost nothing by the new Pope is available in English -- apart from these snippets from his latest book.

Hey! Old People! Stop being a burden on the rest of us!

Marcus Roberts | 19 February 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: elderly, euthanasia, Japan
The Japanese finance minister has decided that his party doesn't need the elderly vote.

Innocents abroad

Michael Cook | 05 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Tasmania
Lightweight politicians have written a lightweight report on euthanasia for Tasmanian voters.

How my mother died

Tom Mortier | 04 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
A mentally-ill Belgian woman sought euthanasia to escape her problems. The doctors told her, sure, why not?

Amour: does old age have any honour left?

Margaret Somerville | 24 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: ageing, euthanasia, film reviews
A harrowing film about a French couple’s struggle with dementia is a powerful but inadequate argument for legalized euthanasia.

Six lessons from death in Belgium

Michael Cook | 24 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Belgiium, bioethics, euthanasia
The world was shocked when Belgian doctors euthanased deaf twins who could not bear to be separated.

“I don’t want to be a burden”

Paul Russell | 22 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: elderly, euthanasia, suicide
Why isn't elder suicide seen as a shameful failure of our care networks?

The dead-end values driving euthanasia advocacy

Margaret Somerville | 21 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, euthanasia, relativism
A Quebec government report endorsing euthanasia rests on a moral relativism that has already failed the young.

Disability is not a death sentence

James M. Thunder | 18 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Belgium, disability, euthanasia
Deaf and blind Belgian twins were euthanased at their own request in December. What would Helen Keller have advised them?

A path to oblivion?

Jacqueline Laing | 11 December 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: end-of-life care, euthanasia, UK
Are English hospitals putting seriously ill patients on an assembly line to death with the Liverpool Care Pathway?

A matter of trust

Martin Cullen | 15 November 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: euthanasia, trust
If we are seriously debating euthanasia, is it any wonder that so many patients are suspicious of hospital doctors?

Euthanasia by any other name

Paul Russell | 15 November 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia
is still the deliberate taking of a human life and politicians are right to reject it.

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