Archbishop Desmund Tutu of South Africa has seen more than his share of death and dying and he is strongly in favour of allowing everyone have the choice of a peaceful death.
News and Opinions
- October 11, 2014Dr. Greg Robinson, one of the board members of Dying with Dignity Canada, talks to Sharon Kirkey of O.Canada.com about what it could mean for him to have medical help to die and about the Carter case.
- October 6, 2014
Brittany Maynard, who is a California native and suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer, relocated to Portland so she could take advantage of Oregon’s laws around end of life choice. There, she was able to obtain a prescription for a lethal medication that she can choose to take when she’s ready.
- October 5, 2014
Twenty-one years ago Sue Rodriguez, who was suffering from ALS, asked the Supreme Court for compassion and the right to choose how and when she died. They refused.
Next week the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case involving Kay Carter and Gloria Taylor that say the present law on assisted suicide contravenes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that medical help to die is a human right.
We are confident that the Court's decision will be different now that such a huge majority of Canadians want the choice of how they die and that such a choice is legal in many other jurisdictions.
This excellent article by Sandra Martin describes the Carter case and the Quebec position that end of life choice is all about health care and nothing to do with criminal activity.
- October 3, 2014
These two writers who suffer with severe disabilities agree with Stephen Hawking's thoughts that “If you have a terminal illness, and are in great pain, I think you should have the right to end your life … It is discrimination against the disabled to deny them the right… that able-bodied people have.”
- September 30, 2014
There is now a movement towards what has been called “early palliative care” – getting help when it is needed, rather than waiting until all other treatments have been stopped.
Dr.Camilla Zimmerman, who is a palliative care physician in Toronto, shares her thoughts in the Globe today.
- September 29, 2014
You would think that if a terminally ill patient wants to go home and die in his own bed, a typical hospital or nursing home would jump at the opportunity. You would be wrong. Dying patients, it turns out, are a source of revenue. A lot of revenue
- September 27, 2014
Although assisted dying has been legal in Oregon since 1997 there is still opposition from the Catholic Church and others.
75% of Oregonians support their Death With Dignity Act because it provides compassion and choice at the end of life but the Catholic Church and its adherents still oppose it.Why, when death can be good?
- September 26, 2014
Joseph Andrey's last wish is to die at home with his friends and family. With the entire machinery of the healthcare and insurance industries operating against them, this is the fight his family has had to go through.
- September 24, 2014
Sigmund Freud chose death over more suffering, according to Lewis Cohen in The Atlantic.
Thankfully, physicians and their patients have come a long way since physicians of his era feared doing more harm than good by using the dreaded word, cancer, and that concealment of a “bad” diagnosis was commonplace. At the time, physicians made unilateral decisions as to how much they would disclose and what course of treatment to provide.
We have come a long way in the last 90 years but we still need personal autonomy over our own bodies. Freud wanted that too...and arranged for it.
- September 22, 2014
In this article Dr. Brian Goldman, the moderator of CBC's "White Coat, Black Art", discusses the need for an increase in palliative care in Canada in conjunction with the introduction of medical aid in dying. They are not mutually exclusive.
- September 13, 2014Dying with Dignity Canada's CEO Wanda Morris has been traveling in Nova Scotia this week giving presentations on patient rights and choice in dying. Herold News, one of Nova Scotia's premiere news sites covers Wanda's presentations and the case for medically assisted dying.
- September 11, 2014
The conclusion of a new study from the USA, released 11th September, found that: “dying patients continue to be hospitalized and subjected to ineffective therapies that erode their quality of life and their personal dignity” while doctors “have a striking personal preference to forego high-intensity care for themselves at the end-of-life and prefer to die gently and naturally.”
- September 10, 2014
How sick and disabled, how far into advanced dementia, how close to death do elderly nursing home patients have to be before their physicians stop prescribing drugs that can cause uncomfortable side effects but show scant evidence of helping them? These are the opening words of an article in the NYT on the treatment of dementia patients in the USA but I am sure that the same concerns can be levelled at nursing homes in Canada.
- September 5, 2014
I wouldn't want to spend 14 years in jail if I decided to help a friend or family member shorten their suffering by helping them to die. That's why many of those who do decide to hasten their own death do so after a great deal of secret planning and preparation.
- September 3, 2014
Lawyers for the Attorney General of Canada say that assisted dying must remain illegal to protect the most vulnerable in society.
- September 2, 2014
Dr. Chris Simpson, newly installed president of the Canadian Medical Association gave support for Medically Assisted Dying "after all reasonable alternatives have been exhausted."
The CMA fundamentally softened its long-held stance against euthanasia and assisted death at it's annual policy convention last week.
- September 2, 2014It is with heavy hearts that Dying with Dignity Canada mourns the loss of our friend, advocate, spokesperson and former Physicians Advisory Council Member Dr. David Charles Lambert (1938-2014).
- September 2, 2014
Dying with Dignity is in full support of palliative care, but we also believe in using evidence-based approaches to medicine and care.
Dr. Rodney Syme, an Australian physician and strong proponent of medically assisted dying takes a critical look at the practice of palliative care.
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