News and Opinions
- March 26, 2015
Just hours after Brittany Maynard’s family released a video of her making a plea to lawmakers to legalize assisted dying, California's Senate Health Committee voted 6-2 to let the bill proceed to the floor for further debate.
- March 25, 2015
As 100-year-old Aileen Breslin from Toronto, lay in her hospital bed, suffering intolerable physical and mental pain, she had a few words of advice for her son, the veterinarian who could put pets to sleep but not his mother:
- March 23, 2015
How many Canadians have access to palliative care?
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the ban on physician assisted dying, commentators have bandied about a horrifying statistic: that palliative care isn’t available for 70 to 80 per cent of Canadians.
These numbers raise the spectre that, when assisted dying is decriminalized next February, scores of Canadians with terminal diagnoses will opt — unnecessarily or prematurely — to end their lives with the help of a doctor simply because they lack access to adequate palliative care.
- March 21, 2015
This article in last week's New England Journal of Medicine reviews recent trends in euthanasia and other end-of-life practices in Belgium.
- March 18, 2015
Two more names have been added to the list of Canadian religious and moral leaders who support the right to die with dignity.
- March 13, 2015
Nathan Friedland is a nurse in Quebec, a province that is preparing to implement a system for medical aid in dying by the end of the year. In an article submitted to DWD Canada, he shares his vision for a compassionate, careful approach to guiding patients through their choices at the end of life.
- March 10, 2015Dying With Dignity Canada has learned its charitable status has been officially annulled, news that signals the beginning of a new era for the leading organization helping Canadians to achieve quality in dying.
- March 6, 2015
Ontario doctors who refuse to provide assisted dying for moral or religious reasons will be required to refer patients who request it to another doctor.
The governing council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the body that regulates the practice of medicine in that province, voted 21-3 on Friday to approve its new Professional Obligations and Human Rights policy.
- March 1, 2015
Brittany Maynard's mother, 56-year-old Debbie Ziegler, is campaigning for her home state of California to pass the End Of Life Options Act.
For an article published in the San Diego U-T on Saturday, Ziegler opened up about her new life as an end-of-life choice activist.
California would be huge step forward to legalizing choice at the end of life across the United States.
- February 27, 2015
A “good death” is a difficult thing to plan for, let alone achieve.
That’s why it’s so important for physicians to have frank and compassionate discussions with dying patients about their options at end of life.
- February 25, 2015Despite the Supreme Court's momentous decision on assisted dying, many questions remain as to the future of movement for end-of-life choice in Canada and what our focus will be in the year ahead.
Dying With Dignity Canada CEO Wanda Morris will be addressing these questions in two live-streamed webinar sessions during the first week of March.
- February 23, 2015Opposition leader Justin Trudeau is calling for the main parties in the House of Commons to work together to develop a legislative framework for assisted dying.
- February 23, 2015
It’s amazing how much two months can bring.
In December, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario put out a call for public feedback on its draft policy paper Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care, which will eventually serve as a blueprint for how doctors in Ontario care for, and interact with, dying patients and their families.
Though the draft policy has many helpful guidelines on the need to respect patients’ wishes, it said little about physician assisted dying, even though it was drafted only months before the Supreme Court’s ruling on assisted dying was expected to arrive.
Now the high court has ruled that the Criminal Code ban on assisted dying is unconstitutional, DWD Canada’s Physicians Advisory Council has requested changes to the draft policy that would reflect the new legal landscape.
- February 20, 2015
Following the successful efforts of Brittany Maynard to publicize the cause of physician assisted dying during the last three months of her life, the Death With Dignity National Center in Portland, Oregon, reports that many bills have been introduced in state legislatures around the USA since Jan. 1.
- February 18, 2015
Doctors in Saskatchewan who refuse to offer assisted dying based upon moral grounds will have to refer patients who request it to other providers, according to new rules proposed by the province’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
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