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Danielle van Dalen

Danielle van Dalen

Danielle van Dalen

About Danielle van Dalen

Hailing from the Waikato, Danielle joined the Maxim Institute research team in 2016 after completing her MSc in Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Previously, she achieved a BA(Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington. Over her four years at Maxim Institute Danielle has worked on a range of projects including leading our research on euthanasia and assisted suicide, our research on the intersection of poverty, disability and employment, and more recently considering the role of the Government and society in protecting the freedoms of our democracy.

Most Recent Activity

FAQ #9 | Can the End of Life Choice Act overcome the risks?

By Danielle van Dalen


Our research has found that assisted dying legislation poses significant risks, and that no piece of legislation has been able…

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FAQ #10 | Who is vulnerable to the risks of euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation?

By Danielle van Dalen


People with disabilities, the elderly, the chronically ill, and people with mental illness like depression are all groups that are…

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FAQ #11 | How do we currently care for people at the end of their life?

By Danielle van Dalen


The legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide is often framed as the only compassionate response to people with terminal illnesses…

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FAQ #12 | Have jurisdictions that said no to assisted dying legislation responded with alternative approaches to caring well for people at the end of life?

By Danielle van Dalen


In 2015 Scotland investigated a bill on assisted suicide. In their report, the Health and Sport Committee recommended the Scottish…

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FAQ #13 | Why are we having a referendum?

By Danielle van Dalen


The End of Life Choice Act passed Third Reading in Parliament in November 2019 with 61 MPs in favour and…

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FAQ #14 | What doesn’t count as euthanasia or assisted suicide?

By Danielle van Dalen


Research shows that many people think that relatively normal medical decisions count as a form of euthanasia.[1] However, withdrawing treatment,…

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FAQ #15 | What do nurse and medical practitioners think of the End of Life Choice Act?

By Danielle van Dalen


Under the End of Life Choice Act, nurse and medical practitioners will be required to directly participate in the provision…

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FAQ #16 | What are the key arguments in favour of the End of Life Choice Act?

By Danielle van Dalen


There are two key arguments that are regularly discussed in favour of the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide: choice…

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Covid19 a community corrective to our culture of autonomous choice

By Danielle van Dalen


In my work as a researcher, I’ve noticed the influence of some powerful personal narratives—autonomy and individualism—that form significant foundational…

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The foundational message of assisted dying

By Danielle van Dalen


I’m sure many of us have had that moment, where we realise we’ve been talking about something and not realised…

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The peril of overriding personal conscience

By Danielle van Dalen


One of the non-blockbuster films of the summer is Terrence Malick’s latest project A Hidden Life. It’s based on the…

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Beware the cult of youth

By Danielle van Dalen


To get a vision of what society values, take a look at a magazine stand. Looking across the cover images…

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Euthanasia too great a risk for people with disabilities

By Danielle van Dalen


With a final amended version of the End of Life Choice Bill expected to be voted on next month, potentially…

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Participate in, don’t just consume community

By Danielle van Dalen


Every time the local elections roll around I read through that little booklet of candidates and find it difficult to…

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Census success needs all of us

By Danielle van Dalen


Imagine if you could influence funding for the healthcare you receive, or for the schools your children attend, with just…

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Maxim Institute’s Submission to the Abortion Legislation Bill

Maxim Institute’s Submission to the Abortion Legislation Bill

By Danielle van Dalen


This submission was prepared by Danielle van Dalen, Gael Goulter and Jessie Duffin in response to the Parliamentary Select Committee’s…

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“Adulting” is only hard without community

By Danielle van Dalen


Growing up can be tough. But last month the British Government took cushioning the blow to new extremes when they…

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Future of End of Life Choice Bill more murky than ever

By Danielle van Dalen


The End of Life Choice Bill passed its Second Reading in Parliament last week with 70 votes in favour and…

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Work = wellbeing

By Danielle van Dalen


“Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This cliché was printed on a…

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Creating poverty-busting opportunites that work for people with disabilities

By Alex Penk


by Alex Penk and Danielle van Dalen This week there’s been a lot of coverage about employment opportunities for people…

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