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Euthanasia: What happens if the drugs don’t work?

Originally published in RNZ, March 2021. By Guyon Espiner. Click here to read the article. What happens if a patient doesn’t die during a euthanasia attempt? That’s one of a number of ethical and legal questions being asked by palliative care experts who say we are woefully unprepared to introduce assisted dying. Senior nursing leaders are also concerned New Zealand won’t be ready when the law takes effect on 7 …Read More

Legalising assisted dying would be a failure of collective human memory and imagination

Originally published in The Guardian, 20 September 2017 By Margaret Somerville Dying and death is not a new phenomenon: we have always become ill, suffered, were going to die and someone else could have killed us. So why now, at the beginning of the 21st century, after prohibiting euthanasia for thousands of years and when we can do so much more to relieve suffering than in the past, do we …Read More

Assisted dying legislation creates different categories of human life

Originally published in The Age, 16 October 2017 by Emma Dawson I’ve hesitated before entering the debate around the assisted dying legislation now before the Victorian Parliament, because people of good intentions are driving the legislative process. But the willingness of some euthanasia advocates to paint all opposition as religious zealotry must not go unchallenged. I’m not religious. And, for the record, I support both marriage equality and abortion rights …Read More