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End Of Life | Referendum Short Cuts


This page is an overview of most of the information and research we have produced over the last four years…

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FAQ #2 | What is the current law?

By Danielle van Dalen


 Currently, it is not a crime to commit suicide or attempt to commit suicide, but it is a crime to…

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FAQ #3 | If you don’t want to have assisted suicide, why not just allow the choice for others and don’t do it yourself?

By Danielle van Dalen


The principle of personal autonomy, or choice, is core to the functioning of a free society. Our laws that relate…

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FAQ #6 | Where is euthanasia and/or assisted suicide currently legal?

By Danielle van Dalen


Of a total 252 jurisdictions worldwide, only 18 allow some combination of euthanasia and assisted suicide, with two additional jurisdictions…

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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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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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Choices, consequences, and euthanasia

By Alex Penk


“You see, the reality is that for every choice, there is a consequence.” As the End of Life Choice Bill…

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We deserve the whole story on euthanasia laws

By Danielle van Dalen


Like New Zealand, some of our neighbours across the ditch have recently been debating whether to legalise euthanasia and assisted…

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