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Euthanasia – What happens when prognosis for a terminal illness is wrong?

“Glenn’s doctors gave him a prognosis of six months to live three times over a period of nearly nine years. Prognosis cannot only be a little off, it can be flat out wrong. Would euthanasia have been legal, Glenn could have ended his life with years still left ahead of him. He would have missed out on so much, as would his wife and young daughter.”  When prognosis is wrong …Read More

How would you feel if your 18 year old brother was diagnosed with cancer and he chose euthanasia?

Watch this video BEFORE you decide how you’re going to vote in the referendum on The End of Life Choice Act 2019 on September 19th. Please share this video with those who may not realise how the End of Life Choice Act coming into force could drastically change NZ. Authorised by Catherine Hallagan, 42 Campbell St, Karori, Wellington, 6012  

Doctors being bullied to participate in euthanasia & assisted suicide in Canada

“We are being bullied to participate in medical assistance dying” Alert from a growing number of Canadian physicians News Release Physicians’ Alliance Against Euthanasia Montréal, March 9, 2020 – The Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia has received reports that unwilling physicians are being pressured and bullied to participate in Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD): euphemism for euthanasia and assisted suicide.  Fearing reprisals, physicians have asked that no information that could identify …Read More

Why I will be a conscientious objector to Victoria’s assisted dying law

Originally published in MercartorNet, August 2018 by Adrian Dabscheck During a recent period of enforced rest, I had time to reflect on my attitude to the recently enacted voluntary assisted dying legislation in Victoria and consider my response.1 I will detail my reaction to the Act and why I have chosen to become a so-called conscientious objector. In his essay Western Attitudes Toward Death,2 French historian Philippe Ariès illustrates the …Read More

Pulling the plug on conscience rights

Originally published in First Things, December 2009 by Wesley J. Smith   Over the past fifty years, the purposes and practices of medicine have changed radically. Where medical ethics was once life-affirming, today’s treatments and medical procedures increasingly involve the legal taking of human life. The litany is familiar: More than one million pregnancies are extinguished each year in the United States, thousands late-term. Physician-assisted suicide is legal in Oregon, …Read More

Doctor who objects to physician-assisted suicide says role is in ‘service of the sanctity of life’

Originally published in CBC News, April 2017 by Andrea Janus A Scarborough palliative care physician says she would like Ontario to adopt a direct-access model for physician-assisted suicide, making it widely available to patients while bypassing doctors who object to the procedure. Dr. Natalia Novosedlik is one of a group of doctors seeking what’s called “conscience protection” in the province’s assisted dying law, meaning physicians who oppose euthanasia or physician-assisted …Read More

In reply to supporters of the End of Life Choice Bill

Originally published in New Zealand Doctor, February 2018 by Rosalie Evans   I agree that all doctors should read the End of Life Choice Bill. However, unlike Dr Havill et al, I do not believe it is inevitable that this bill will become law, writes GP Rosalie Evans. Dr Havill et al “cherry-picked” a few submissions to the health select committee which promoted a change in the law, as evidence for their viewpoint Far more jurisdictions have rejected moves to legalise euthanasia …Read More

Nurses’ unique perspectives on end-of-life choices must be heard

Originally published in Nursing Review, February 2018 by Taumihau Teremoana The outcome of last year’s government inquiry into assisted dying left me both hopeful and disappointed that as a society we have not addressed alleviating suffering effectively. The inquiry’s decision not to recommend law changes allowing legalised assisted dying was welcomed by Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand and Hospice NZ. Though the concept of suffering is complex much can be said from …Read More

Ron Jones: Leave doctors out of ‘assisted dying’ discussion

Originally published by New Zealand Herald, March 2017 by Dr Ron Jones Most individuals have strongly held views either for or against the proposed euthanasia legislation. My own views are those of a retired, perhaps somewhat cynical, doctor who has spent most of his professional life caring for women with gynaecological cancer. During this time I was never asked to deliberately end the life of one of them; my wife died …Read More