Euthanasia: we can live without it
In a follow up article to The Australian's story of the death of her son using Exit International advice and methods, Melbourne mum, Judi Taylor accuses Exit Director, Philip Nitschke of lacking consideration for the lives of others.
Overall, the searches uncovered 240 unique sites about suicide, just under half of which provided information about how to commit suicide.
Two of Australia's most well known and effective suicide prevention organisations today condemned the actions of Dr Philip Nitschke in supporting the suicide death of a healthy 45 year old Australian man a few months ago.
The Hon Jeff Kennett AC confirms that a complaint will be made by Beyond Blue to the Australian Medical Board. This follows confirmation yesterday that the West Australian Branch of the Australian Medical Association will do likewise.
The Australian newspaper has a front-page article covering another death of a young man who had a very clear connection with Exit International.
The Age Newspaper is reporting that Dr Nitschke claims he has 48 hours to mount a defence against the medical board of Australia, AHPRA, whom the report says, wants Nitschke deregistered as a medical practitioner.
It was one of 2014's biggest stories covered from a myriad of angles. But what did it do for suicide prevention?
The connection between the recently exposed actions of Exit and Philip Nitschke are intrinsically connected to the broader euthanasia debate.
Is there such a thing as rational suicide and, if so, should the thought that people can suicide rationally suggest we change public policy?
NT Medical Board Tribunal dismisses Nitschke’s appeal
What gets hidden in the layers of emotion and fear peddling is the deeper reality that euthanasia and assisted suicide are really not about the fabled ‘last resort’ situations of ‘unbearable pain’.
I think we really need to sit down as a country and have a decent look at this organisation, some kind of national inquiry, to really uncover what's happening here.
At the very least, these matters of inequity, ableism and access should be addressed first. Then maybe come back and talk about making people dead.
This recent report from the UK Guardian newspaper highlights a growing and worrisome trend in helium deaths in the UK.
In the wake of the medical board's decision to restrict Dr Nitschke's medical practice, HOPE calls for more to be done.
We are failing in our common duty to humanity if we allow ‘other factors’ to weaken the necessary resolve to prevent all suicides.
It should be obvious: suicide is suicide no matter the circumstances or euphemisms.
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