Compassion and respect

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NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill released 16 May

A draft NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill was released yesterday for public consultation by a cross-party group of MPs.  The campaign for the Bill has started with a change.org petition featuring a video by Annie who knows only too well the need for the legislation.  She has Motor

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Family takes legal action over what they claim was “senseless torture”

Legal action is being taken in Texas, in the US, on behalf of a family who claim that their mother was subjected to “senseless torture … for over 10 days” and the healthcare providers failed to act in accordance with her advance care directive.  Read more … There are

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Another example confirming the approach taken in the Tasmanian Bill

Julia Lamb’s story from Canada is a very good example of why the Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill allows access to a doctor’s help for people in a situation like hers. That is, for people in the advanced stages of a serious incurable and irreversible medical condition

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Forced to go to Switzerland

Not only forced to go to Switzerland, and to die away from his home but to die earlier than he would have done.  This article reports the story of Colin Campbell, who has “primary progressive MS, a rarer form of the disease affecting around 10-15 per cent of

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Another assisted death with love, respect, dignity and peace

Sylvia Henshaw, the widow of a Nova Scotian man, Douglas Henshaw, has spoken out about the way his assisted death under the Canadian legislation was done with love and respect and resulted in a death with dignity and peace.  She shows too what the impact is when

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It can be so much better

The stories from Canada continue to come showing the positive impact of their assisted dying legislation.  This article includes the story of Rob Rollins who chose assisted dying due to the suffering caused by throat and neck cancer.  As his husband said: “Very peaceful”.

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Importance of assisted dying legislation and the chance to use it!

This Canadian story highlights key issues about the kind of assisted dying legislation that’s needed, the hurdles being put in the way of those who want to use it and the cruel choice for those who can’t – starve yourself to death. Linda Crabtree, a Member of

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More damage to good people

Yet another example of the terrible damage being done to good people by the absence of a voluntary assisted dying law.  How many more will it take for the hearts and minds of politicians and doctrinaire religious campaigners to be prised open? This article from the ABC

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Shame on the SA politicians who refused to explain themselves

Rose’s Story – This is of the most harrowing stories we’ve seen, of so many harrowing stories, of the terrible harm being done to people and their loved ones by the failure of politicians to vote to help people with the most profound suffering, to work for

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Damage being done

Opponents of voluntary assisted dying remain silent about the terrible suicides and other harm being caused by the  inhumane legal prohibition.  Doctors are prohibited from legally providing assistance to people at the end of their lives to end their terrible suffering through an assisted death.  We hear about

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