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Palliative Care -Putting Patients Back in the Driver's Seat
Last edited 16th April 2015

A diagnosis of terminal cancer or other life limiting illness is a distressing experience for anyone, but more recent advances in Palliative and Supportive Care are putting patients back into the driver's seat when it comes to deciding how their treatment will unfold and how they and their family will experience the journey ahead of them. Visit this article by Debra Vermeer for more.

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Facing Eternity
Last edited 15th April 2015

I'm Fr Chris Reay, Parish Priest of Nathalia in northern Victoria. My friend, Fr Rob Galea suggested that I blog a series of short reflections on what it's like to be told "you're terminally ill". This is the first blog.

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Church in Australia Launches Education Campaign on Threat of Euthanasia
Last edited 15th April 2015

Catholics across Australia are being urged to learn more about the nature of euthanasia and the dangers it poses to society, with the launch of a new pamphlet exploring the truth and the myths of this life and death debate.

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Euthanasia Supporters in Chile Accused of Exploiting Sick Teen
Last edited 8th March 2015

Proponents of a euthanasia bill in Chile are exploiting a sick young girl for political purposes, the girl’s father has charged. Fourteen-year-old Valentina Maureira suffers from cystic fibrosis – a degenerative and incurable illness. The teen garnered national attention when she taped a video asking to meet with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to ask her to authorize an injection that would allow her to “go to sleep forever.”

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Caution: Language Change Ahead
Last edited 26th February 2015

A group of right-to-die activists is searching for a new word for suicide by conducting an internet poll. They’ve got their work cut out for them. The results of the survey, which is being promoted on the website of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, could be helpful in shaping a better public image for assisted suicide.

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Canadian Church Leaders Dismayed with Assisted Suicide Ruling
Last edited 9th February 2015

Canadian church leaders and advocates for the disabled reacted with dismay when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down laws against physician-assisted suicide. In a unanimous decision Feb. 6, the court ruled that doctors may help adults with severe and incurable conditions to die, overturning a 1993 ban against assisted suicide.

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Thousands March to Support Human Dignity in LA
Last edited 19th January 2015

The first annual OneLife LA, heralded as a celebration of the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death, drew thousands from all over Southern California to downtown Los Angeles. The Jan. 17 event began in the historic La Placita Olvera, where the rapidly growing crowd encircled the gazebo at the plaza’s center.

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What is Death with Dignity?
Last edited 12th January 2015

Liz is a wife, a mother of four, and is living with advanced, incurable kidney cancer. She lives in a State in which it is legal for her to end her life by euthanasia - but she won't. Euthanasia is not "death with dignity", rather, Liz knows that fighting until she dies is what death with dignity really is.

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Stella Young's Message About the Dignity of Life
Last edited 10th December 2014

From the Catholic Talk Blog:

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"Euthanasia Threatens My Very Existence" - Why We Should Care About the Euthanasia Debate
Last edited 28th November 2014

With a euthanasia bill tabled in the Australian Federal Parliament, arguments on all sides of the debate are gathering steam, but there is one group of people who say they have more to fear than most from euthanasia legislation – those who are living with disability and battling a daily presumption from society that their lives are not worth living.

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