Politicians want respect and honesty from their electorates. But how must respect and honesty do they practise in the matter of assisted dying? Ann David outlines some specific instances of subterfuge as published in the Gisborne Herald. Keep Reading
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Infuriatingly, it's too late: this misinformation has already spread all over the world from Australia to the United States to India. Her name, #noapothoven is even trending in Italy.
I spoke to Paul Bolwerk, a reporter who has been covering the story for @DeGelderlander since 2018. Noa Pothoven had been severely ill with anorexia and other conditions for some time. Without telling her parents, she sought and was refused euthanasia.
The family had tried many kinds of psychiatric treatment and Noa Pothoven was repeatedly hospitalised; she made a series of attempts to kill herself in recent months. In desperation the family sought electro shocktherapy, which was refused due to her young age.
After electroshock therapy was refused, Pothoven insisted she wanted no further treatment and a hospital bed was set up at home in the care of her parents. At the start of June she began refusing all fluids and food, and her parents and doctors agreed not to force feed her.
A decision to move to palliative care and not to force feed at the request of the patient is not euthanasia.
Dutch media did not report Noa Pothoven's death as a case of euthanasia. This idea only appeared in English language pickups of Dutch reporting.
How has this happened? @newscomauHQ and @laubchad have questions to answer, as authors of early English-language articles that made a leap to conclude euthanasia from the report that Pothoven once asked for it, and an Instagram post in which she wrote that she was going to die.
A new poll shows a clear majority of New Zealanders want to allow doctors to help the terminally ill to die painlessly and with dignity
14 MAY 2019
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By now we have digested our success in Parliament (Second Reding vote 70:50) on the night of Wednesday 26th June and it is time for supporter effort to the next vote. For anyone who wants to see details of the 20 speeches given by MPs you will find these in the Hansard transcript for that day by moving down the text till you get to SP... Keep Reading
Today marks the coming into effect of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017. From today, Victorians at the end of a terminal illness who meet strict eligibility criteria will be able to access assistance to die. The End-of-Life Choice Society in New Zealand congratulates the state of Victoria for arriving at the culmination of its... Keep Reading
As MPs cast their vote on the End of Life Choice Bill this month, a fresh Horizon Research poll confirms consistent surveys showing that fewer than one-in-five voters oppose a law change. 74% support end of life choice and only 19 % oppose it. The research commissioned only last month, clearly reinforces the evidence that a majority of New... Keep Reading
As Parliament prepares to vote on the End of Life Choice Bill this month, a new poll shows a clear majority of New Zealanders want to allow doctors to help the terminally ill to die painlessly and with dignity. The Horizon Research poll confirmed consistent surveys showing that fewer than one-in-five voters oppose a law change. The poll, taken... Keep Reading
What to offer nervous MPs worried about legalising assisted dying? Palliative care! Notwithstanding all the evidence, this prop is trotted out by palliative care to the politicians in a bid to scupper the David Seymour End of Life Choice Bill. Facts show the claims of palliative care to be incorrect. Keep Reading
MONTH STARTING Wednesday 1 May 2019: A monthly roundup of the news on the issues of End Of Life Choice and MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill, which is currently before Parliament. Keep Reading
MONTH STARTING Monday 1 April 2019: A monthly roundup of the news on the issues of End Of Life Choice and MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill, which is currently before Parliament. Keep Reading
Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy was presented with a petition on March 22 asking him to vote yes to the second reading of the End of Life Choice Bill. Members of the Kāpiti-Horowhenua End of Life Choice Society presented the petition in the name of 961 residents in the Ōtaki electorate. Nathan Guy voted yes at the first reading so the public could... Keep Reading