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Assisted dying bill rejected in U.K. Parliament

The right-to-die movement in the U.K. suffered a major setback Friday, with MPs in the House of Commons voting against a bill that would have allowed terminally patients to end their lives with the help of a physician.

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Dr. David Robertson: Conservatives' take on assisted dying plays politics with people's lives

In his latest guest column, DWD Canada Physicians Advisory Council co-chair Dr. David Robertson lays out a troubling trend in the incumbent government's highly partisan approach to the Supreme Court's decision on medically assisted death.

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Quebec readies its doctors for legal assisted dying

The rest of Canada is watching with keen eye as Quebec prepares to become the first province to offer physician assisted dying to patients at end of life.

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How Australia's Northern Territory led the way on assisted dying

Before Oregon, the Netherlands and Belgium passed pro-assisted dying legislation, there was Australia's Northern Territory (population: 244,000 in 2014). As Dr. David Amies describes in his latest column, the Territory's 1995 law was before its time and was quickly de-fanged by the national government in Canberra. But pioneering efforts in the Outback inspired supporters of compassion and choice worldwide — and laid a groundwork for change in Australia that is still in the process of being realized today.

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Support for assisted dying is growing among Canadian voters: poll

A just-released poll confirms what we at Dying With Dignity Canada have known for a long time — that the vast majority of Canadians support the right to physician assisted dying.

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Canadian doctors vote for right of referral on assisted dying

Members of the Canadian Medical Association have voted overwhelmingly against a policy that, if adopted by healthcare regulators, would severely limit patient access to assisted dying when it becomes available.

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Gill Pharaoh and the myth of the slippery slope

In his latest column, Dr. David Amies examines the case of Gill Pharaoh, a 75-year-old British former nurse who travelled to Switzerland to access assisted dying, despite being in fine health. Her case has sparked controversy in the U.K., where an assisted dying bill is set to be debated in Parliament this fall.

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Canadian Medical Association grapples with 'effective referral'

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Should doctors who oppose assisted dying be required to refer patients who request it to another healthcare provider?

Grappling with this question — which highlights the tension between a patient’s right to an assisted death and a physician’s right to conscientious refusal — will be on the agenda as the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) convenes in Halifax for its annual general meeting next week.

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Lawyers' group urges 'harmonized' system for assisted dying

The largest organization representing Canadian lawyers has come out with a strong statement urging the federal and provincial governments to create rules for assisted dying that would be consistent across the country.

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DWD Canada welcomes new Ontario-led panel on assisted dying

Dying With Dignity Canada is applauding the leaders of Canada’s provinces and territories for promising a patient-centred approach to studying the future of physician assisted dying in this country.

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