While fear suppresses talk about dying, marriage equality involves sex.
The assisted dying bill in Victoria – complex and significant – is engendering less heated debate than marriage equality although both tap into some of our most fundamental fears and motivations.
Noel Conway, whose legal challenge to the UK law on assisted dying has been rejected.
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Polls show a clear majority support assisted dying in Britain – but it depends on how the question is asked.
Assisted dying legislation is likely to be introduced in Victorian Parliament within a month, and be based on a report launched today by Brian Owler and Jill Hennessy.
Public opinion, shifting views in the health profession and international trends allowing assisted dying mean it will be lawful in Australia at some point. But will it be lawful in Victoria soon?
Existential suffering refers to an individual experiencing a lack of meaning or sense of purposelessness in life.
Imagine this situation: a person has no medical illness but wishes to end his or her life purely because he or she no longer wishes to live. Should they be eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide?
Michelle Carter after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
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When do words at an end-of-life decision constitute a crime? A law professor explains why lawmakers should act to clear up the gray area that remains.
Author Nikki Gemmell speaking on Q&A.
During a discussion on Q&A, author Nikki Gemmell said 80% of Australians and up to 70% of Catholics and Anglicans support euthanasia laws. Is that right?
There is no shortage of dubious slippery slope arguments.
People are right to be skeptical when it comes to many slippery slope arguments used by those against euthanasia. But some of them are valid and shouldn't be dismissed as 'bullshit'.
Route forward? Oregon was the first place to license doctors to supply lethal drugs to terminally-ill people.
An assisted-dying law in the UK is long overdue.
One paper reported that between 0.3% to 4.6% of all deaths are reported as euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide in jurisdictions where they are legal.
There is a growing body of evidence available on how many people are using euthanasia and assisted dying laws in places where it is legal.
A Victorian legal precedent of how Nembutal can be used during palliative care provides more options for doctors to help their dying patients.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced his government would be putting a bill to legalise assisted dying to parliament next year.
Victoria stands a chance of becoming the first Australian jurisdiction in 20 years, and the first ever Australian state, to have an assisted dying law.
The Belgian athlete won silver at the Paralympics – but has signed legal euthanasia papers.
What do different end-of-life conversations look like?
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California now allows terminally ill people to end their lives. In the 2,800-year-old Jain tradition, individuals can choose to fast unto death, when it makes no sense to prolong suffering.
Campaigners stand outside the US Supreme Court in 2005.
Where and how you have the right to legally end your life.
Euthanasia proponents often express incredulity that in a supposedly humane society, the ‘right to die with dignity’ remains unsupported by law.
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Proponents of legalising euthanasia claim it's needed to ensure dying patients don't experience unbearable suffering. But in fact, this is the one setting in which law change isn't needed.
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.
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.
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…