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Why are so many doctors and politicians concerned about the legalisation of 'assisted dying?' Partly, it is because they follow developments from places such as Oregon, Canada and Belgium where assisted suicide and/or euthanasia has already been legalised.

In this section you will find a wide range of reports on how well the law is working in jurisdictions which have gone down the 'assisted dying' route.


6 September 2021

Canada Continues Down a Dangerous Path: The 2020 MAiD Report

This summer, Health Canada released the second annual report on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). The report contains several warning-signs…
4 March 2021

Latest report reveals sharp rise in Oregon Assisted Deaths

The Oregon Health Authority has published its latest report on the incidence and characteristics of deaths as a result of…
2 February 2021

Oireachtas’s Committee on Justice – DWD Bill

In January 2021 Living and Dying Well submitted to the Oireachtas’s Committee on Justice its analysis of the Private Member…
11 May 2020

A grave warning from Canada.

Three leading palliative care physicians have warned legislators across the world about the dangers of MAID in  a new research paper published in…
15 April 2020

A closer look at Bill C-7.

Here we offer out own critique of Canada’s proposed amendments to MAID. BACKGROUND Truchon and Gladu v. Canada (Attorney General)…
28 February 2020

Canada’s Federal Government makes plans to extend MAID.

Parliament will consider whether to extend MAID to those who are not terminally-ill and for those who will lack capacity…
5 January 2020

Washington State: Legalised Physician Assisted Suicide in 2018.

What does the latest report from Washington State tell us? Washington State has published its report on the operation of…
14 March 2019

Briefing from Oregon: House Bill 2232.

House Bill 2232 would expand the remit of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act What does the Bill do? i) Prohibits…
1 March 2019

Physician assisted suicides in Oregon rise sharply.

A PAS law along the lines of Oregon’s ‘Death with Dignity Act’ could be expected to result in nearly 2,500…
13 July 2018

Twenty years of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon.

A critical analysis of claims that Oregon’s PAS law is “safe and effective” and represents “safe and trusted medical practice”.…
1 March 2018

Analysis of New Zealand End of Life Choice Bill.

Living and Dying Well submits evidence to the Justice Committee of the NZ Parliament for its examination of David Seymour’s…
1 March 2018

New Zealand Medical Association opposed to ‘Assisted Dying’.

“Acting with the primary intention to bring about death cannot be reconciled with the core medical ethical principles of beneficence…
30 October 2017

New Zealand Medical Association reports on assisted suicide and euthanasia.

‘Doctors should remain cautious about any change in the law’. The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) has today published a…
8 October 2017

Canada – A year of ‘Medical Aid in Dying’.

Canada’s death toll from euthanasia seems to be following the Dutch pattern Official data have been released on the first full…
7 August 2017

Asia-Pacific Hospice Group condemns ‘Assisted Dying’.

Licensing doctors to administer or supply lethal drugs to seriously-ill patients has no place in the practice of health care…
3 August 2017

New Zealand parliament health committee responds to ‘Assisted Dying’ petition.

A balanced report enabling readers to make up their own minds The Health Committee of the New Zealand Parliament has…
3 August 2017

New Zealand Health Committee reports on ‘Assisted Dying’.

Response of the Health Committee to Petition 2014/18 of Hon. Maryan Street and Others. On 2 August 2017 the Health…
30 July 2017

Washington State – legalised physician-assisted suicide in 2016.

Deaths from PAS show a 15.7 per cent increase on 2015 Washington State has published its report on the operation of its…
2 July 2017

Physician-assisted suicide in California – The first data.

California has published data for the first half year of its 2016 End of Life.Options law. The California Department of…
2 July 2017

What news from the Golden State?

California seems to be headed in a similar direction to Oregon The report, issued this week by the California Department of…
1 May 2017

Canada and euthanasia.

Canada’s MAID law seems to be following the example of The Netherlands and Belgium The first official data have been published on…
1 May 2017

Interim report issued on Canada’s ‘Medical Assistance in Dying’ Law.

Over 800 deaths from euthanasia in first six months The Government of Canada has published an interim report on the operation of…
7 March 2017

Euthanasia for people who have lost decision-making capacity?

Another amendment to Oregon’s ‘Death with Dignity Act’ has been proposed Last week an amendment to Oregon’s ‘Death with Dignity Act’ (DWDA)…
22 February 2017

What news from abroad? The latest report from Oregon.

A change in the upward trend? Or just a pause? The Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority has…
22 February 2017

Physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 2016.

Oregon publishes data relating to legalised assisted suicide in 2016 The Oregon Health Authority has published its statistical analysis of…
8 December 2016

South African High Court Order on assisted suicide overruled.

South Africa’s Supreme Court has upheld a Government Appeal against a 2015 High Court Order allowing assisted suicide. The Supreme…
8 August 2016

Deaths from PAS in Washington State 2015.

Another Sharp Rise in deaths from legalised physician-assisted suicide. Washington State, which legalised physician-assisted suicide for terminally-ill people in 2008,…
6 February 2016

Physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 2015.

The latest report from Oregon on that State’s physician-assisted suicide law reveals another substantial rise in such deaths and an…
4 February 2016

Evidence to the New Zealand Parliament Health Committee.

Living and Dying Well has provided written evidence to a parliamentary inquiry in New Zealand into ending life, including suicide…
25 September 2015

Washington – Physician-assisted suicide in 2014.

An apparently level trend but with unknowns Washington State published its report during the summer on physician-assisted suicide in the…
6 June 2015

Scotland rejects assisted suicide for a second time.

MSPs reject Patrick Harvey’s Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill. On 27 May 2015 MSPs voted to reject Patrick Harvey’s Assisted Suicide…
5 March 2015

Don’t frighten the horses.

Both sides oppose extension of Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law – but for different reasons When the House of Lords debated…
3 March 2015

Deaths from euthanasia in The Netherlands in 2013.

he official report for 2013 shows a further substantial increase in numbers The official report of the Dutch Regional Euthanasia…
18 February 2015

Physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 2014.

Read the latest official report from Oregon on the operation of that State’s physician-assisted suicide law. Here is the report…
18 February 2015

A sharp upturn in assisted suicide deaths.

Oregon’s latest report raises concerns about the wisdom of such legislation here The latest official report has appeared from Oregon on…
10 June 2014

Washington State’s Death With Dignity Act: 2013 Annual Report.

Official report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in the U.S. State of Washington in 2013. Official data have just…
28 May 2014

Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill – Call for written evidence.

Living and Dying Well’s submission in response to the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill. The Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill which was presented…
28 May 2014

Obliging some or protecting all?

Exit’s decision to extend its services to the elderly should give us pause for thought Reports that the Swiss assisted…
26 May 2014

Healthy elderly people offered assisted suicide.

Swiss assisted suicide organisation Exit extends its services to the elderly An article in The Telegraph has reported on the recent…
18 February 2014

Suicide assisted by right-to-die associations: a population based cohort study.

A study of assisted suicide in Switzerland The results of an interesting study have been published in the International Journal…
18 February 2014

A study which should make us pause for thought.

The findings of a report on assisted suicide in Switzerland prompt some interesting questions The report published in February 2014…
30 January 2014

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 2013 Annual Report.

Official report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 2013 Data have been released on the number and…
23 July 2013

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2012 Annual Report.

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2012. This is the annual report for…
28 June 2013

A report that raises some questions.

Washington State’s latest report on physician-assisted suicide prompts questions about the reliability of prognosis of terminal illness We now have the…
30 April 2013

Suicide isn’t a criminal offence but that doesn’t mean it’s a ‘right’.

Marie Fleming has lost her appeal to the Supreme Court in Ireland against a ruling of the High Court in…
29 April 2013

Marie Fleming – The Supreme Court’s judgment.

The Supreme Court in the Republic of Ireland has delivered its judgment on the case of Marie Fleming. Marie Fleming…
26 March 2013

Oregon – The upward trend continues.

The latest official report on the operation of Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide (PAS) law reveals that the incidence of PAS has…
14 January 2013

Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act: 2012 Annual Report.

The official report from the Oregon Public Health Division on the operation of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in Calendar Year…
18 December 2012

France: ‘Penser solidairement la vie’ (Report on end-of-life care).

Report by the Commission on Reflection at the End of Life in France We provide here a copy of the…
13 December 2012

Lessons that should be heeded, not brushed under the carpet.

Report on Oregon and Washington’s Death with Dignity Acts warns of ‘important’ lessons to be learned The 2011 death rate…
13 December 2012

Physician-assisted suicide in Oregon and Washington.

Oregon’s and Washington’s experience of Physician-Assisted Suicide. In this report (the first of two reports on the experience of jurisdictions which…
1 August 2012

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2011 Annual Report.

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2011. This is the annual…
28 May 2012

Euthanasia in Belgium: 10 years on (European Institute of Bioethics).

Dossier of the European Institute of Bioethics May 28, 2012 marked the tenth anniversary of the legalisation of euthanasia in Belgium. …
22 May 2012

Euthanasia in Belgium: 2010 and 2011.

The Report of the Federal Control and Evaluation Commission Covering the Years 2010 and 2011. Belgium legalised voluntary euthanasia in…
7 May 2012

Too early to form reliable conclusions, but some worrying signs.

The 2011 annual report on physician-assisted suicide in Washington State has been published Washington State’s death rate from PAS in…
2 May 2012

Washington State’s Death With Dignity Act: 2011 Annual Report.

Official report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in the US state of Washington in 2011 Washington’s Death with Dignity…
21 March 2012

Oregon – Worrying signs which need to be heeded.

The 2011 annual report on physician-assisted suicide in the US State of Oregon has been published the number of physician-assisted…
8 March 2012

Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act: 2011 Annual Report.

Official report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 2011 regon’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), enacted in…
12 September 2011

This debate needs hard evidence and reasoned analysis, not soundbites and spin.

Today a report by Lord Carlile QC and Baroness Finlay of Llandaff (‘Parliament needs evidence, not soundbites or spin’) addresses a…
29 August 2011

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2010 Annual Report.

fficial annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2011 This is the annual…
15 March 2011

Washington State’s Death with Dignity Act: 2010 Annual Report.

Official report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in Washington State in 2010 Washington’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), enacted…
28 February 2011

“No evidence of heightened risk” from physician-assisted suicide? – Another perspective.

The impact of legalised physician-assisted suicide on patients in vulnerable groups – another perspective on Oregon’s experience Research published in…
25 January 2011

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 2010 Annual Report.

Official report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 2010. Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), enacted in…
11 December 2010

Is physician-assisted suicide in Oregon as harmless as it is claimed?

Research published in 2007 is called into question the greatest resort to PAS in Oregon is among persons aged between 65…
11 December 2010

Is physician-assisted suicide in Oregon as harmless as it is claimed?

Research published in 2007 is called into question The greatest resort to PAS in Oregon is among persons aged between 65…
2 December 2010

A sensible decision north of the border.

Margo MacDonald’s “End of Life Assistance” bill has been heavily defeated in the Scottish Parliament Euphemism and verbal evasions and…
28 September 2010

What’s happening in Oregon?

An analysis of the evolution of the Death with Dignity Act in the US state of Oregon. In this report,…
8 June 2010

Euthanasia in Belgium: 2008 and 2009.

he Report of the Federal Control and Evaluation Commission Covering the Years 2008 and 2009 . Belgium legalised voluntary euthanasia…
1 May 2010

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2009 Annual Report.

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2011. This is the annual…
13 March 2010

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 2009 Annual Report.

Official report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 2009 Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), enacted in…
5 March 2010

Washington State’s Death with Dignity Act: 2009 Annual Report.

Official Report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in Washington in 2009, the first year of the law’s implementation Washington’s…
1 April 2009

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2008 Annual Report.

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2008. This is the annual…
9 March 2009

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 2008 Annual Report.

Official report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 2008. Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), enacted in…
22 February 2009

Attitudes of nurses in Belgium towards euthanasia and their role in euthanasia.

A Survey of Nurses Attitudes in Flanders, Belgium A survey of nurses’ attitudes to, and their role in, legalised euthanasia has…
20 May 2008

Euthanasia in Belgium: 2006 and 2007.

The Report of the Federal Control and Evaluation Commission Covering the Years 2006 and 2007. Belgium legalised voluntary euthanasia in…
1 April 2008

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2007 Annual Report.

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2007. This is the annual…
14 March 2008

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 2007 Annual Report.

Official report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 2007. Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), enacted in…
10 July 2007

Heightened risk to the vulnerable from legalised ‘assisted dying’?

Research into the impact of legalisation on patients in vulnerable groups. In 2007 a report was published in the Journal…
1 May 2007

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees:

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2011. This is the annual…
15 March 2007

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 2006 Annual Report.

Official report on the implementation of physician-assisted suicide in 2006 . Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), enacted in 1997,…
3 October 2006

Euthanasia in Belgium: 2004 and 2005.

The Report of the Federal Control and Evaluation Commission Covering the Years 2004 and 2005. Belgium legalised voluntary euthanasia in…
26 April 2006

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2005 Annual Report.

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2005. This is the annual…
9 March 2006

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 2005 Annual Report.

Official record of the implementation of the Death with Dignity Act in 2005 Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), enacted…
5 March 2005

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2004 Annual Report.

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2004 This is the annual…
1 March 2005

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2004 Annual Report.

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2004. This is the annual…
3 September 2004

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2003 Annual Report.

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2003. This is the annual…
10 March 2004

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 2003 Annual Report.

fficial record of the implementation of the Death with Dignity Act in 2003, Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), enacted…
17 February 2004

Euthanasia in Belgium: 2002 and 2003.

The Report of the Federal Control and Evaluation Commission Covering the Year 2003. Belgium legalised voluntary euthanasia in 2002 for…
29 August 2003

Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees: 2002 Annual Report.

Official annual report on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide in The Netherlands in 2002. This is the annual…
2 February 2002

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 2001 Annual Report.

The Oregon Health Division reports on the implementation of the Death with Dignity Act in 2001. Oregon’s Death with Dignity…
22 February 2001

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 2000 Annual Report.

The Oregon Health Division reports on the implementation of the Death with Dignity Act in 2000. Oregon’s Death with Dignity…
23 February 2000

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 1999 Annual Report.

The Oregon Health Division reports on the implementation of the Death with Dignity Act in 1999. Oregon’s Death with Dignity…
18 February 1999

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: 1998 Annual Report.

Official report by the Oregon Health Division on the implementation of the Death with Dignity Act in 1998. Oregon’s Death…

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