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Why medically assisted dying is not suicide

Assisted dying, physician-assisted death, medical assistance in dying. These are some of the terms our spokespeople use when they give a presentation or interview about Canadians’ right to die with the help of a doctor.

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Dr. David Amies: When a doctor's conscience thwarts patients' access to care

In his latest entry for Dying With Dignity Canada's blog, Dr. David Amies revisits the topic of conscientious objection, and in particular, whether physicians should be allowed to refuse to provide referrals for patients who request assisted dying — even if that refusal could ultimately lead to a denial of care.

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Dr. David Amies: The right-to-die movement continues to grow despite strong resistance

Buoyed by the precedents set by places that have legalized assisted dying, an increasing number of individuals are making moves to implement similar legislation in their own backyards. In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies looks at current efforts in New Zealand and the states of Michigan and Colorado, and muses about a right-to-die movement that continues to grow in the face of staunch resistance.

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Dr. David Amies: California's Death with Dignity law could use some fine-tuning

In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies looks at the recent case of a Californian woman with ALS who opted to take advantage of the state's newly enacted Death with Dignity law. While the woman was successfully able to end her life, her final moments did not afford her with the dignity she should have received.

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Quebec woman with M.S. starves herself to death after being denied assisted dying

For Hélène L., June 6 did not mark a new era of compassion and choice. Instead, she was left to die in a manner “worse than dogs.”

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Canadian film 'Hold Me' looks at assisted dying from a caregiver's perspective

The dying with dignity cause hits the silver screen this week in a new film by Canadian writer, director and producer Teace Snyder.

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Nino Sekopet returns to Dying With Dignity Canada

For Nino Sekopet, returning to Dying With Dignity Canada “feels like coming home.”

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First look: New assisted dying doc follows Canada's 'Road to Mercy'

Danielle Lacroix, a 61-year-old mother of two who has battled cancer for more than a decade, was recently diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. With three to four months left to live, she has come to terms with her diagnosis and is certain of her desire for an assisted death when her illness progresses to its final stages.

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Dr. David Amies: Why do we extend mercy to our animal companions, but not to each other?

In his latest post for DWDC's blog, Dr. David Amies reflects on why humans are content to play God when it comes to the lives of their suffering animal companions, but less likely to extend the same mercy and compassion to each other. He argues that we must not allow select groups to dictate how we access our Charter rights, and that when it comes to the desperately ill, a little mercy — not dogma  goes a long way.

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Canadian Bar Association votes to urge Ottawa to expand access to assisted dying

The National Council of the Canadian Bar Association sent a powerful statement Wednesday by adopting three resolutions urging the federal government to expand access to medical assistance in dying.

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