|USA

Assisted Dying in the USA, A Good First Step But Room for Improvement

Assisted Dying in the USA, A Good First Step But Room for Improvement My Death, My Decision’s Coordinator, Phil Cheatle, discusses the recent documentary by Louis Theroux and the implications it raises for the US Oregon Model. The BBC2 documentary by Louis Theroux, “Choosing Death”, which aired on Sunday 18th November 2018 and is available [...]

2018-11-26T16:36:42+00:00November 22nd, 2018|DIY Suicide, USA|

PRESS RELEASE: A New Documentary Has Explored the Realities of Oregon’s Assisted Dying Model

On Sunday, BBC 2 aired the second installment of Louis Theroux’s new documentary series Altered States. “Choosing Death” followed the journeys of Gus, Lorri and Debra, as they grappled with a choice to end their lives. Suffering from stage four pancreatic cancer, Gus was eligible to end his life under California’s 2016 End of Life [...]

2018-11-21T11:30:59+00:00November 20th, 2018|DIY Suicide, USA|

Extending the Oregon Right to Die Law. Evidence of a “Slippery Slope”?

A recent article in the Washington Post describes moves in Oregon, USA to try to extend their Death with Dignity Act to include help for those suffering from degenerative diseases such as Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Related discussions are taking place in other US states and in Canada. For example, a recent paper [...]

2018-03-19T20:16:34+00:00March 19th, 2018|Canada, Dementia, Slippery Slope, USA|

Avoiding Prolonged Dementia

Dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales. How can we ensure we don't suffer from it for longer than we wish? Medically Assisted Suicide is one option chosen by a few. In the UK those choosing this option need to arrange appropriate help in Switzerland, as it is not legal [...]

2017-04-23T09:35:23+00:00April 23rd, 2017|Advance Decisions, Dementia, USA|

Book Review: Rational Suicide in the Elderly

Rational Suicide in the Elderly: Clinical, Ethical, and Sociocultural Aspects by Robert E. McCue (Editor), Meera Balasubramaniam (Editor) Springer 2017 (8th Oct 2016) An entire book devoted to the better understanding or Rational Suicide in the Elderly was essential reading for MDMD (Our name was formerly SOARS: Society for Old Age Rational Suicide). We were [...]

2017-02-14T11:44:20+00:00February 13th, 2017|Legal Action, Psychiatric Issues, USA|

Euthanasia linked to Organ Donation

The Daily Mail 5/9/16 reports on a paper published in a medical journal which calls for allowing euthanasia to enable organ donation in the case 'where it has been argued through the courts that a patient in a permanent vegetative state is going to have clinically assisted nutrition and hydration withdrawn, with the inevitable consequence [...]

2016-12-20T15:14:50+00:00September 10th, 2016|Medical Views, USA|

What is “Unbearable”?

The Economist 6/8/16 reports research done in USA which interviewed patients aged over 60 who were admitted to hospital suffering from serious illness. They were asked to compare various symptoms to death to say how it compared to death. Half or more thought incontinence, being unable to get out of bed, or relying on a [...]

2016-10-18T21:42:06+00:00August 31st, 2016|USA|