Assisted Suicide

Kevorkian’s paintings up for sale

Michael Cook | 11 April 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Jack Kevorkian
The paintings may give some insight into the mind of Kevorkian, a doctor who claimed that he had helped 130 people to die over 20 years.

Nutrition and hydration often withdrawn without consent in Belgium

Xavier Symons | 22 March 2014 |
tags: artificial nutrition and hydration, assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia
A recent study in the Journal of Medical Ethics has found that in Belgium decisions to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) rarely involve patient consent.

Is advising people to kill themselves a case of free speech?

Michael Cook | 22 March 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, free speech, suicide
Egging people on to commit suicide can be regarded as free speech which is protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled.

Assisted suicide is too dangerous in times of economic crisis, says disabled UK peer

Michael Cook | 13 March 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, Britain, euthanasia, UK
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled during a time of economic hardship, says Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, a disabled peer.

Analysis of legal assisted suicide in Switzerland

Michael Cook | 08 March 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, slippery slope, Switzerland
Women are the most vulnerable.

Looks that killed

Xavier Symons | 01 March 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, Dignitas, Switzerland
Are crows feet good enough reason for assisted suicide?

UK doctors continue to oppose assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 22 February 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, doctors and assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
After an extensive consultation of its members the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the UK will continue to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia.

British judge criticizes euthanasia law reform

Xavier Symons | 21 December 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
One of the most respected authorities on end-of-life law in Britain has warned politicians not to legalise assisted suicide.

Nitschke sets up Adelaide clinic for assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 07 December 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia, Philip Nitschke
A euthanasia clinic has been set up by Australia's leading euthanasia activist, Dr Philip Nitschke, in Adelaide. Police are keeping a close watch on activities there, but Dr Nitschke, who is used to working at the very edge of the law, is said to be doing nothing clearly illegal.

Down Under palliative care specialists reject euthanasia

Xavier Symons | 16 November 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, palliative care
Palliative care is undermined by euthanasia and assisted suicide, according to many palliative care organisations. In Australia, where end-of-life issues are hotly debated, the peak palliative care body has joined the chorus of opposition.

Yes, the “slippery slope” is real, says assisted suicide supporter

Michael Cook | 09 November 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
A tribunal to provide sympathetic and speedy consideration for terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives has been proposed by a British legal expert.

Leading academics endorse euthanasia for the ‘weary in spirit’

Xavier Symons | 02 November 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
Several academics are arguing for euthanasia for those 'weary of life'.

The Silk Road to suicide

Xavier Symons | 19 October 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Nembutal, Philip Nitschke
The hidden drug-trafficking website Silk Road was also selling suicide drugs.

Assisted suicide could be decided in Canada’s Supreme Court

Michael Cook | 12 October 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Canada
The hot-button issue of assisted suicide will probably end up in Canada’s Supreme Court.

Belgian euthanased after botched sex-change operation

Michael Cook | 05 October 2013 |
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia
A Belgian has undergone euthanasia because of "unbearable psychological suffering" after a botched sex-change operation.

Tasmania to vote on euthanasia

Michael Cook | 05 October 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Tasmania
Following a public consultation earlier this year, the Labor Premier of the Australian state of Tasmania and the leader of the Greens Party have finally introduced a private member’s bill to legalise both assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Should we legalize assisted suicide for prisoners?

Xavier Symons | 05 October 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, prisons
Every so often we hear a call to make assisted suicide available to prisoners. The latest comes from a young British doctor and bioethicist, Christian Browne.

Stephen Hawking endorses assisted suicide

Xavier Symons | 21 September 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Stephen Hawking
After 50 years of enduring motor neuron disease, physicist Stephen Hawking, 71, has endorsed assisted suicide -- for other people.

Most American doctors oppose physician-assisted suicide, according to NEJM poll

Xavier Symons | 14 September 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, NEJM, US
An on-line poll of readers of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the majority of American doctors are against physician-assisted suicide (PAS)

UK wife and son arrested for arranging visit to Dignitas clinic for husband

Michael Cook | 31 August 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Dignitas, UK
A 65-year-old woman from Chichester and her 25-year-old son were arrested recently on suspicion of arranging a trip to Zurich for the woman’s 71-year-old husband.
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