Putting doctors above the law
Lawful euthanasia would follow the model of lawful abortion: no doctors are ever prosecuted.
Euthanasia for children is wrong
A British barrister gives four cogent reasons why Belgium should not legalise it for kids.
Tasmanian euthanasia bill defeated, 13-11
But there is no room for complacency.
The inexorable bracket creep of euthanasia in Belgium
Tasmania's Parliament needs to examine what happened after euthanasia was legalised in Belgium.
Tasmania’s push for euthanasia comes under fire
A thoroughly researched report by two academics shoots down the claims of the state's Premier.
Paternalism in the Apple Isle
Anyone who follows Australian politics and politics in general knows the old saying: never run an inquiry if you don’t know the outcome.
Big rise in Dutch euthanasia deaths
Just-released statistics for Dutch euthanasia in 2011 show that the number of psychiatric patients who died has skyrocketed from 2 in 2010 to 13 last year. Euthanasia for people with dementia also rose substantially, to 49.
Elder Abuse: Our most appalling crime
Congratulations to the Tasmanian Government for their announcements this week of an initiative to fight Elder Abuse in the island state. The 12 month project funded by the State Government to the tune of $120,000 will attempt to gauge the extent of the problem.
Swiss parliament rejects more regulation of assisted suicide
The lower house of the Swiss parliament has declined to tighten controls on assisted suicide. MPs felt that self-regulation by groups like Exit and Dignitas was enough.
New first for Belgium: prisoner euthanasia
No doubt about it: Belgium is the place to be for creative applications of legalised euthanasia. Last year Belgian transplant surgeons revealed that they had harvested organs from four people who were voluntarily euthanased. Now it appears that one prisoner, a rapist-murderer, has already died after voluntary euthanasia and another has requested it.
Nitschke and Exit must answer questions
The roll out of Exit International and Dr Philip Nitschke’s latest project, the provision of kits that include a nitrogen cylinder to bring about death by suffocation, should ring alarm bells with the Australian public and regulatory authorities.
A taste for (a healthy, happy long) life: an Italian Family!
Meet Italian siblings who, collectively, are aged 846 years old.
Tasmania launches elder abuse initiative
It's time for Premier Giddings to rethink her commitment to euthanasia legislation.
Euthanasia denied to two paralyzed British men
Two severely paralyzed British men have lost a High Court case to allow doctors to end their lives without fear of prosecution.
Prosecute police, says Dignitas. They stopped our suicide
The Swiss group Dignitas has filed a complaint against the Zurich prosecutor’s office for interrupting an assisted suicide. On August 2, a 67-year-old woman suffering from a genetic disease who weighed only 35 kilos attempted to kill herself at a Dignitas clinic.
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