Dr David Swanton surveyed voluntary assisted dying (VAD) advocates around the world throughout 2020–2021. Some of you may know David because he runs the Exit group here in Canberra. He thanks the 52 ACT residents who responded to the survey. His survey was not designed to determine popular opinion on…
Canadian Atheist’s columnist Scott Douglas Jacobsen talks to Jeanne Arthur, the President of Dying With Dignity ACT. Here we talk about her life, work, and views.
Assisted suicide is still prohibited by law in many countries. Free and responsible citizens continue to be patronised and prevented against their will from ending their suffering and life in a manner they personally consider dignified. Relatives and friends who respect the wish of a seriously ill person to die and who give him or her their support are still being treated as criminals.
The organization, Dignitas continues to assert the right of people to make their own decisions about when they should die. Legal cases in Germany and in England are confronting the long held prejudice against human beings taking control of the timing of their deaths.
Religion always has a way of taking the least loving side when it comes to controversial issues.
Love between two people? If they’re gay, pastors will throw a hissy fit. Women seeking an abortion after being raped? Some Christians will argue they shouldn’t be allowed to have that option.
In an era of growing medical sophistication combined with longer life expectancies, many people are concerned that they should not be forced to linger on in old age or in states of advanced physical or mental de-crepitude which conflict with strongly held ideas of self and personal identity