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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.

New first for Belgium: prisoner euthanasia

Michael Cook | 16 September 2012 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, prisons

Locked in to euthanasia

Michael Cook | 21 August 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: euthanasia, locked-in syndrome
Believe it or not, it is possible for people to find happiness in the strangest places -- even quadriplegia.

Euthanasia denied to two paralyzed British men

Michael Cook | 18 August 2012 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK

Doubts emerge about Dutch guidelines for terminal sedation

Michael Cook | 23 July 2012 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands, palliative sedation, terminal sedation

Is it possible to have safe, legal and rare euthanasia?

Pravin Thevathasan | 02 July 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: BMA, euthanasia, UK
A leading medical journal in the UK is backing a movement for the legalisation of assisted dying.

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