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Misunderstandings about Voluntary Euthanasia in Australia

Last edited 1st May 2013

One of the most frequent arguments in favour of the legalisation of euthanasia in Australia, is that voluntary euthanisa is already happening in our hospitals anyway. Not only is this a poor argument to change law, but it is also untrue.

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Support Dignity of Life by Voicing Your Opposition to the NSW Euthanasia Bill

Last edited 1st May 2013

A Message from Bishop Peter Ingham, Diocese of Wollongong

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Ireland Supreme Court Rules No Right to Assisted Suicide

Last edited 30th April 2013

The Irish Supreme Court upheld the decision of the lower court that there is no right to assisted suicide in Ireland, and that the principle of equal treatment does not confer a right to assisted suicide.

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Freedom of Conscience in New Zealand

Last edited 29th April 2013

In New Zealand Health Professionals are rallying together to promote ethical health care and the right to conscientious objection through a new group called the New Zealand Health Professionals Alliance. The group is a response to the public debate on assisted suicide and a continuing effort to undermine the ability of a health professional to deliver care in the best interest of their patients. Please visit their website to supoprt their efforts.

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Head to Head Over Physician-Assisted Suicide

Last edited 22nd April 2013

Margaret Somerville, of McGill University, and Nikola Biller-Andorno, of the Institute of Biomedical Ethics of the University of Zurich, debate physician-assisted suicide on a podcast by the New England Journal of Medicine. Quite fascinating.

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How My Mother Died

Last edited 19th March 2013

"My mother suffered from chronic depression. Two years ago she broke off all contact with me. In April 2012 she was euthanased at the hospital of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (the Free University of Brussels). I was not involved in the decision-making process and the doctor who gave her the injection never contacted me... I am still trying to understand how it is possible for euthanasia to be performed on physically healthy people without even contacting their children."

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Adding a Stitch in the Seamless Garment of Life

Last edited 24th January 2013

Many of you probably read the recent heartbreaking news of Marc and Eddy, deaf twins who requested, and were granted, euthanization in Belgium after discovering they were going blind. Later this year, Belgium's ruling party is set to consider allowing the euthanasia of children and Alzheimer's sufferers.

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Why Isn't Elder Suicide Seen as a Shameful Failure of Our Care Networks?

Last edited 23rd January 2013

Why is news of a youth suicide greeted with far more concern than a suicide of an elderly or infirmed person? Certainly it’s natural to lament a young life lost, a future snuffed out prematurely. But suicide in the elderly and infirmed is no less a tragedy – particularly as it often portrays a sense of loss of hope or ability to find support and answers to one’s fears and concerns.

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If it's not killing, what is it?

Last edited 18th January 2013

The case for euthanasia is logical, direct and utilitarian, so it's easy to make. That against it is much more intangible, indirect and ephemeral, so it is much harder to communicate effectively, especially in a predominantly visual culture.

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Euthanasia kills two twins who believed they 'had nothing to live for'

Last edited 14th January 2013

The two deaf twins killed by legal euthanasia in Belgium were frightened of losing their independence in an institution and asked for a mercy killing after finding that they would also soon go blind.

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