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November 23, 2017

Nitschke says Victorian euthanasia bill ‘unworkable’

Philip Nitschke has described the Victorian government’s voluntary assisted dying bill as the “world’s most unworkable end-of-life law” as he warned the legislation would not satisfy all those seeking ­assisted suicide. The country’s leading proponent for assisted dying and head of Exit International congratulated the Victorian government for passing the bill through the upper house, […]

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August 26, 2017

Our Aged have Earned the Right to Leave Us if They Wish

Philip Nitschke As the Euthanasia issue heats up again in Victoria, many in the community are wondering aloud what the fuss is all for. For some, Victoria’s proposed law will represent an historical breakthrough. Since the Northern Territory’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act was quashed by Federal Parliament 20 years ago, Australia has led […]

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July 25, 2017

This is what Government Censorship Looks Like

Have you ever wondered what Government Censorship looks like? Have you ever wondered how the Australian Government actively works to prevent seriously ill & elderly Australians from accessing end of life information? MND Sufferer Grant McKenzie of Perth found out this month when his book was confiscated at the border by Australian Customs With increasingly […]

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March 7, 2017

Why Euthanasia is a Feminist Issue

For many years now I’ve mulled on the idea that euthanasia – a good death – is a feminist issue. In some ways I came to the cause of end of life choices through feminism. Indeed, my very first letter to the editor when I was 20 was about abortion rights. I was upset that […]

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January 23, 2017

Only in America

The US is nothing if not a country full of real surprises. One has to look no further than at this week’s inauguration to have that confirmed. But of relevance to those wanting access the choice of a peaceful death, and in particular those in the US States that have now passed legislation granting permission […]

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January 9, 2017

Harm Minimization & Drug Testing

The January 2017 Update to The Peaceful Pill eHandbook identifies a commercial laboratory that will test your Nembutal. Free preview at: The Peaceful Pill eHandbook The decision to die is the most serious and profound decision any of us will ever make. At Exit we believe that the decision to die at a time and […]

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November 17, 2016

Global Law Reform: 2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

There is little doubt that voluntary euthanasia/ ‘medical aid in dying’ law reform is on the move! The recent success of Colorado’s Proposition 106 is the good news story in this regard. You can read more about this new End of Life Choices law here. Following on Colorado’s heels is Washington DC’s Council passing their […]

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November 6, 2016

Why America’s Medical Aid in Dying Acts are Failing Seniors

In recent weeks, the Dutch Ambassador to New Zealand, Robert Zaagman, has described NZ political debate about whether to introduce a voluntary euthanasia/ assisted suicide law as being akin to Dutch debate 20 years ago. While an increasing number of US States are moving beyond the ‘should we’ – ‘shouldn’t we’ legislate on end of […]

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November 3, 2016

Should the Dutch extend euthanasia to the ‘well’ elderly?

Extending assistance to die to the so-called ‘well elderly’ is a topic that has long been of interest to Exit. Indeed, it is one of the reasons that the Peaceful Pill Handbook is published. In recognising ‘euthanasia’ – a good death – as a civil right, it is only logical that those with a terminal […]

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September 25, 2016

Why the Belgians have it right

It will be twenty years ago this week since the Northern Territory passed the world’s first law on voluntary euthanasia. The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act (ROTI) was a carefully-drafted piece of legislation that allowed a terminally ill person of sound mind to ask a doctor for help to die. The law expressly excluded children. While the ROTI law […]

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