Al-Jazeera examines Australia’s tussle with euthanasia
Michael Cook | 23 May 2013 |
This 25-minute documentary by Al-Jazeera presents a balanced view of the campaign for euthanasia in Australia. No presentation will satisfy everyone, but this one, "Licence to Kill", presents articulate folk on both sides of the question. Definitely worthwhile.
Australian think tank backs euthanasia
MIchael Cook | 27 April 2013 |
A new Australian think tank has issued a call for the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Head to head over physician-assisted suicide
Michael Cook | 19 April 2013 |
Somerville versus Biller-Andorno in a NEJM podcast
Leading cancer centre in Washington state sets up assisted suicide program
Michael Cook | 13 April 2013 |
The leading cancer centre in Washington state has published in the New England Journal of Medicine a blueprint of how to implement a dying-with-dignity program, now that assisted suicide has been legalised.
Retired Scottish doctor admits assisting in suicides
Michael Cook | 23 March 2013 |
A retired Scottish doctor has admitted in a newspaper interview that he supplied three patients with lethal medication so that they could end their lives.
Euthanasia prevention akin to torture, Canadian court hears
Xavier Symons | 22 March 2013 |
In the most controversial Canadian bioethics case in years, a British Columbia court has heard that outlawing euthanasia is akin to torture.
Suicide deaths rise in Australia after promotion of illegal drugs
Xavier Symons | 16 March 2013 |
More and more Australians are importing the illegal lethal drug pentobarbitone from overseas as a way of committing suicide.
BBC sceptic looks at assisted dying
Michael Cook | 25 February 2013 |
BBC World Service features a very interesting documentary on assisted dying. Disabled actress and broadcaster Liz Carr visits all the six jurisdictions where it is already legal: Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Oregon and Washington state.
Canadian doctors divided over euthanasia
Xavier Symons | 13 February 2013 |
In many Western nations most people support the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, according to opinion polls. But doctors - who must be involved - may feel differently.
Assisted suicide debate moves south, to Connecticut
Xavier Symons | 07 February 2013 |
After being rebuffed in Massachusetts, the assisted suicide lobby has turned its eyes to neighbouring Connecticut, where euthanasia legislation is due to be debated later this year.
Quebec moves towards euthanasia
Michael Cook | 19 January 2013 |
Quebec is slowly moving towards legal, or quasi-legal, euthanasia.
Terry Pratchett assisted suicide documentary wins International Emmy
Jared Yee | 28 November 2012 |
The controversial assisted suicide TV documentary “Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die”, presented by UK novelist and Alzheimer’s sufferer named in the title, has been awarded an International Emmy.
American suicide networks for the elderly exposed in US TV doco
Michael Cook | 15 November 2012 |
The “surprisingly coordinated underground world of assisted suicide”
Has assisted suicide been scratched from the progressive agenda?
Michael Cook | 11 November 2012 |
One lesson from Tuesday night is that assisted suicide is not necessarily an item on a “progressive” agenda.
Leading health expert slams assisted suicide in NY Times
03 November 2012 |
Dr Ezekiel J. Emanuel refutes four myths about assisted suicide in the New York Times
Massachusetts assisted suicide struggling
Michael Cook | 03 November 2012 |
Ted Kennedy's widow and the Boston Globe give it the thumbs down.
US nurses strongly oppose assisted suicide
Michael Cook | 27 October 2012 |
The American Nurses Association is reaffirming its strong opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Massachusetts could become third US state with assisted suicide
Michael Cook | 21 October 2012 |
On November 6 Massachusetts voters will choose whether or not their state should legalize assisted suicide.
Canadian assisted suicide activist dies of natural causes
Michael Cook | 11 October 2012 |
The woman at the centre of Canada’s move towards assisted suicide died of natural causes last week before taking advantage of an exemption from the law granted by a judge in British Columbia.
Significant stress after witnessing assisted suicide
Michael Cook | 05 October 2012 |
Relatives and friends of a person who commits assisted suicide have a high rate of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, according to a Swiss study in the latest issue of European Psychiatry.