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Lawfully allowing a patient to die should be kept distinct from euthanasia. Lawfully allowing a patient to die should be kept distinct from euthanasia. Shutterstock

Withdrawing life-prolonging treatment not the same as killing

There is a clear legal distinction in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States between withdrawing life-prolonging treatment – such as ventilation for a person who can’t breathe unaided, or…
Belgium is a world away from Australia on this issue, with a completely different culture and history of euthanasia. Belgium is a world away from Australia on this issue, with a completely different culture and history of euthanasia. Image from shutterstock.com

Belgium’s child euthanasia law – implications for Australia

Late last week, the Belgian parliament passed laws that granted children access to euthanasia. The laws have been controversial and attracted significant discussion internationally. Opponents of reform…
How do you explain finality to a child? How do you explain finality to a child? Daquella Manera

Euthanasia for children is wrong – as Belgium proposes new law

Belgium is mooting an unprecedented law that would allow the voluntary euthanasia of children. Voluntary euthanasia is intentionally ending a life at the request of the patient. It is lawful, on various…
Our health system is geared towards saving lives – even when the person being revived might not want to live. Our health system is geared towards saving lives – even when the person being revived might not want to live. Julie Kertesz

How the care conveyor belt tortures people back to life

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. Dignitas isn’t for everyone but it’s a compassionate response for some. Unhindered by Talent

Dignitas case raises tough questions over right to die and duty to protect

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…
We need a debate that considers the empirical evidence about voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide. We need a debate that considers the empirical evidence about voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide. Anne/Flickr

Starting the debate on voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide

Voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide are never far from the public spotlight. But we still haven’t had an honest and open debate about this issue in Australia. End-of-life matters crop up from time…
For some, “fighting to the end” provides purpose but it can seem painfully pointless to others. For some, “fighting to the end” provides purpose but it can seem painfully pointless to others. Ed Cave

A challenge to our leaders – why don’t we legalise euthanasia?

TALKING ABOUT DEATH AND DYING - We can choose so many of our life experiences, but it seems we can have no say in whether we die in pain or at peace. Today we consider why we don’t have a policy on physician-assisted…
Amendments to the bill require doctors to get a second opinion. Amendments to the bill require doctors to get a second opinion. Rosie O'Beirne

Finding the balance in South Australia’s euthanasia legislation

South Australian MPs will tomorrow debate a bill which could see euthanasia legalised in the state, paving the way for other jurisdictions to follow. The bill has been criticised by the South Australian…