It was six weeks before my 18th birthday when dad had the stroke.
Thinking back to the moment I first saw him in the Athens intensive care unit still makes my chest ache and tears prick the corners of my eyes. I had to say goodbye to him as we were not sure if he was going to live.
An elderly Perth man has pleaded guilty to murdering his sick partner in a mercy killing. Herbert Bernard Erickson, 81, smothered his disabled partner Julie Kuhn with a pillow at their home in Armadale in January.
For yet more evidence of the reality that doctors do hasten death for compassionate reasons and yet may not wish to publicly support assisted dying, go to
To understand how many people do not know what their cancer means, see
To see what can happen when doctors want to discontinue futile treatment against the wishes of the patient and the family, see
To see how the opposition is outspending the Death with Dignity campaign in Massachusetts, go to
While the Macquarie Dictionary people are updating their definitions they should consider inserting the verb ''to abbott'' as a whole new word. To be abbotted, the passive voice, might also get a look-in. It would be a valuable addition to the political discourse.
Since I became involved in the campaign for voluntary euthanasia, I have been overwhelmed by the touching personal stories that members of the community have shared with me. These people have been compelled to share their stories after watching a loved one needlessly suffer excruciating pain before their death.
MORE than 200 Australian doctors have banded together to call for law reform on voluntary euthanasia, but few of them would want to administer a fatal drug dose, the organisation's spokesman says.
Robert Marr, a GP in Sydney, said he was unable to think of any member of Doctors for Voluntary Euthanasia Choice who would want to be responsible for the death of a patient wanting to die.
THE views on euthanasia held by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, are ''supremely arrogant'', says a leading Sydney primary care physician.
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