Posts Tagged ‘Euthanasia’

Why I hope NSW does not embrace voluntary assisted dying

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
Voluntary Assisted Dying

When faced with the terminal suffering of someone you love, almost nothing else matters. I understand the pain. The renewed debate about voluntary assisted dying in NSW is personal for me – my mother died earlier this year following a battle with a terrible disease over a number of years. There were days when I Read more

Conservatives and liberals called to link over life issues

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
link over life issues

For Catholics who put their faith first, before anything else, there is one way – above all others – to view the life and death issues facing local communities, the nation and the world: and that is, through the lens of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching! But instead, it clearly appears that more often Read more

Euthanasia: What happens if the drugs don’t work?

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

What happens if a patient doesn’t die during a euthanasia attempt? That’s one of a number of ethical and legal questions being asked by palliative care experts who say we are woefully unprepared to introduce assisted dying. Senior nursing leaders are also concerned New Zealand won’t be ready when the law takes effect on 7 Read more

Medical students: More study more opposition to euthanasia

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Medical students become more opposed to euthanasia during their training as they progress through medical school, a new study says. In their second year, almost 65 percent of medical students at Otago University supported euthanasia or assisted dying. Support for the practice reduced during each year of training: by their third year it fell to Read more

MP’s God more Francis-like than ‘the blokes before him’

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
McAnulty

Wairarapa MP, Kieran McAnulty, says his distancing from the Catholic Church is due to the marriage equality debates. Born and raised Catholic, McAnulty likes Pope Francis but says his regular relationship with the Church is a little strained. “The marriage equality debates started and I just felt that the Church at the time didn’t reflect Read more

Euthanasia advocate censured after failing to disclose murder convictions

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

A euthanasia advocate who failed to disclose three overseas murder convictions has been censured and had his registration cancelled. Sean Davison applied to the Medical Sciences Council for registration as a medical laboratory scientist in 2017. As part of the application, he admitted to a conviction relating to the attempted suicide of his terminally ill Read more

New Zealand doctors prepare for End of Life Choice

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

New Zealand doctors are getting ready to implement the End of Life Choice Act when it comes into force next year. Assisted dying will become legal from 6 November 2021. The preliminary referendum result at last month’s election shows 65.1 percent of voters supported the act and 33.8 percent opposed it. The New Zealand Medical Read more

Asian countries do aged care differently. Here’s what we can learn from them

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Unlike in Western countries like New Zealand, traditional Asian cultures place a heavy emphasis on filial piety — the expectation children will support their parents in old age. Historically, filial piety played an important role when families were large, pension schemes unavailable and life expectancy was around 50 years old. Today, however, families in east Read more

However well-intentioned, the euthanasia law can never be racism-proof

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
euthanasia

I’m voting no on the End of Life Choice (EOLC) referendum. I have many concerns about this legislation, including around the technical aspects and operation of the law. But I’m also very concerned about its impact on the vulnerable and marginalised in our society. Here are my top four reasons. 1. It devalues and risks Read more

Euthanasia in Spain a ‘defeat for human dignity’

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
euthanasia in Spain

Euthanasia is a defeat for human dignity argue the Spanish Catholic bishops. The bishops’ conference said a change in the law would affirm a self-centred view of life that proposes death as a solution to one’s problems! They also maintain the proposed law would be “bad news, since human life is not a commodity at Read more