Barbiturates have been used for several purposes including to treat sleep disorders, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury – as well as in anaesthesia and psychiatry.
It is likely that, ironically, any legalisation of euthanasia in this country will actually hinder the care of those most in need.
The last four years have witnessed a sea-change in the debate on the adequacy of safeguards in protecting the vulnerable.
A bill may be released soon in Victoria so we should examine why the South Australian bill did not pass to see if any lessons can be learned for future bills.
Desmond Tutu said on his 85th birthday early in October 2016 that he wanted the right to end his life through assisted dying.
Proponents of assisted suicide, such as emeritus archbishop Desmond Tutu, argue that as people have the right to live with dignity, they also have the right to die with dignity.
The Belgian athlete won silver at the Paralympics – but has signed legal euthanasia papers.
Access to euthanasia in Belgium has been “expanding” but it’s not out of control.
Let's consider some of the oft-voiced concerns and whether they're justified.
Campaigners stand outside the US Supreme Court in 2005.
Where and how you have the right to legally end your life.
There doesn’t need to be a choice between palliative care or assisted dying.
The assisted dying debate usually focuses on the moment of death - not those leading up to it.
Having another option may make me worse off, and less free to do what I really value, than not having it.
Intuitively, we believe offering someone options automatically expands their freedom. But that isn't always true. Sometimes, more options can lead to less freedom.
Fewer than 3,000 thalidomide survivors are alive today.
Reactions to the thalidomiders' difference contributed – and continue to contribute – to their negative well-being and deteriorating health.
Broadcaster Andrew Denton, speaking on Q&A, said the 550 babies claim was incorrect.
Broadcaster Andrew Denton, an advocate for assisted dying law, told the Q&A audience it was not correct to say 550 newborn babies were killed last year under Dutch euthanasia laws. Is that right?
Australian parliaments continue to resist legalising euthanasia or its cousin, assisted suicide.
The Australian public supports legalising euthanasia and bills are introduced into state parliaments every year. Yet governments continue to resist legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide.
ABC’s Q&A subtly but importantly changed the nature of the euthanasia debate.
It's possible the difference between Australia and the Netherlands (where euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal) lies more in the way we think about what we are doing than what actually happens.
Two experts in medical ethics sum up some of the arguments for and against the bill.
Peter Singer and Anthony Fisher faced off in a debate over euthanasia on Thursday night.
Sydney University Catholic Society/YouTube
The goal in the Peter Singer-Anthony Fisher debate on euthanasia was never to change anyone’s mind but to speak to an existing base.
There is precious little dignity available for those Australians who are in the last stages of their lives.
The contrast between rights with dignity and rights without is increasingly apparent with regard to two groups of Australians: retirees and those in aged-care facilities.
Where next for supporters of end-of-life choice?
The defeat of the Scottish Assisted Dying Bill may be a blow for supporters, but it is not terminal.
How the Daily Mail reported Jeffrey Spector’s final meal with his family.
A recent ombudsman's report suggests that most people are more concerned with end-of-life care than the right to end their lives.
UK legislation still has various hurdles to overcome.
The debate on the role of law and ethics at the end of life is an enduring one. In 1971, such debate was focused almost solely upon the Netherlands when a rural physician called Truus Postma facilitated…
Too stringent an approach to assisted dying risks locking people with mental illness out of the right to make decisions about the end of their lives.
Euthanasia advocates often assert a distinction between dying with dignity (good) and suicide (bad), drawing on the community’s twin commitment to both permitting euthanasia in some circumstances, and…
Terminal cancer patient Peter Short gives evidence on voluntary euthanasia to the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, which tabled its report on Monday.
A Senate inquiry into legalising voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill people has recommended a conscience vote on the proposed bill after technical matters, such as what constitutes a “terminal illness…