Euthanasia

Law change unlikely to bring 'avalanche' of assisted deaths

Law change unlikely to bring 'avalanche' of assisted deaths

Changing the law elsewhere in the world to allow for voluntary euthanasia had not produced a huge avalanche of ''assisted dying'' cases, voluntary euthanasia advocate Pat Hubbard said in Dunedin yesterday.

US end-of-life rights backer guest at community forum

With Labour MP Maryan Street's End-of-Life Choice Bill sitting in the ballot box, the euthanasia discussion will come to the fore in Queenstown on Monday in the form of a community forum.

Professor speaks against euthanasia

Professor speaks against euthanasia

Prof Robin Taylor, of the University of Otago Medical School, has spoken out against voluntary euthanasia, telling university graduates that arguments for this were ''fundamentally flawed'', though they might be ''subtly tempting''.

The euthanasia argument

The euthanasia argument

The death this week of Exit International Dunedin convener Paula Westoby, and the discharge without conviction of an Auckland man who helped his chronically ill wife die, has again sparked discussions about end-of-life choices.

Distress before death belies any notion of an 'uplifting' end

Outram widow Jenni Edmonds joins the debate on euthanasia by sharing her recent experiences looking after her terminally ill husband.

Key's euthanasia view ill-informed: doctor

Key's euthanasia view ill-informed: doctor

Those wishing to shorten their lives with euthanasia are trying to control what should be a natural process, Otago Community Hospice palliative care registrar Dr Louise Bremer says.

Dangers of euthanasia spelt out

Dangers of euthanasia spelt out

Many older people could be subjected to subtle pressures to end their lives prematurely if voluntary euthanasia was made lawful in this country, Baroness Prof Ilora Finlay warned in Dunedin yesterday.

Time to talk about dying

Time to talk about dying

Sean Davison, in a letter to the editor, thanks the public of Dunedin for their "overwhelming" support during his trial and while serving his sentence.

Euthanasia Bill would end 'meaningless' prosecutions

Euthanasia Bill would end 'meaningless' prosecutions

Labour Party list MP Maryan Street told a packed public meeting yesterday her proposed "end of life choices" private member's Bill would avoid the "meaningless prosecution" of people like Prof Sean Davison.

Sean Davison hopes his trial brings change

Sean Davison hopes his trial brings change

A South Africa-based scientist who helped his terminally ill Dunedin mother to die hopes his trial serves as a wake-up call for a change in the law which has made him a criminal.

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