Victorian MPs are about to debate an assisted dying bill. How can they sift through competing claims?
There is now a reputable body of research evidence from places that have introduced assisted dying, and MPs must examine that evidence before deciding how they will vote.
Religious opponents of assisted dying laws most often appeal to the sanctity of human life.
Christianity's long tradition of compassionate care for both the dying and the dead means it brings some wisdom and experience to the voluntary assisted dying issue.
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?
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.
The Belgian athlete won silver at the Paralympics – but has signed legal euthanasia papers.
Incoming Victorian senator Derryn Hinch has the potential to be an ally or an enemy to the government's agenda.
Campaigners stand outside the US Supreme Court in 2005.
Where and how you have the right to legally end your life.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Singer and Anthony Fisher faced off in a debate over euthanasia on Thursday night.
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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.
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.
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…
Dr Philip Nitschke admits advising a healthy 45-year-old man who later killed himself.
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People who operate on the edge risk falling over it and into the abyss. And euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has been in freefall since it emerged he had email contact with a healthy 45-year-old West…
Opinion polls consistently indicate majority public support for legalisation of voluntary euthanasia.
When it comes to legislating voluntary euthanasia in Australia, success is rare and short lived. The Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying bill is the latest such piece of euthanasia legislation to be defeated…
How do you explain finality to a child?
First case of voluntary euthanasia for a child has taken place. But there are fundamental issues with this procedure.
Our health system is geared towards saving lives – even when the person being revived might not want to live.
ABC’s Four Corners tonight is about a young man who has decided to end his life after 36 years of suffering a debilitating illness. But because euthanasia is illegal in Australia, he has to apply to another…
Dignitas isn’t for everyone but it’s a compassionate response for some.
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Hard cases, it has been said, make bad law. They also prompt us to ask deeper questions about wider causes and longer term ethical consequences - and this is particularly pressing when it comes to assisted…
The bill fails to tackle discrimination in end of life care that would have helped Tony Nicklinson.
Lord Falconer’s assisted dying bill would allow registered doctors to take steps to help mentally competent adult patients to end their own lives, but only in certain circumstances. One of these circumstances…