Month: December 2017

Disabled lives are worth living – euthanasia implies otherwise

At the forefront of politics at the moment is the End of Life Choice bill which is going through its first reading in Parliament. Many New Zealanders, myself included, can see the potential benefit of assisted dying for people with a terminal illness that is likely to end their life within six months. I have been …

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Assisted suicide laws are creating a ‘duty-to-die’ medical culture

Despite not hearing about it often, assisted suicide is a major issue in the U.S. right now. In more than 20 states this year alone lawmakers have introduced bills to legalize assisted suicide, and almost every single one of them has been struck down — with bi-partisan support. A recent bi-partisan Sense of Congress bill introduced in …

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Assisted Suicide Bill Passes First Reading in New Zealand

A Bill on legalising euthanasia has passed its first reading after gaining majority support in Parliament through a conscience vote. Seventy-six MPs voted in favour and 44 voted against. It will now pass to the justice select committee and be open to public submissions. ACT MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choices Bill seeks to …

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Mass. Medical Society drops opposition to physician assisted suicide

The Massachusetts Medical Society has rescinded its opposition to physician-assisted society and adopted a “neutral engagement” position so it may serve as a medical and scientific resource for legislators. The state Legislature is considering an “end of life options” act. The MMS has had a policy against physician assisted suicide since 1996, but recently surveyed its …

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