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French doctor Nicolas Bonnemaison acquitted
Jul 10, 2014

The Guardian reports:  On the same day that the UK supreme court dismissed an argument that doctors in the UK should escape prosecution if they help patients end their lives, a doctor in France who gave lethal injections to seven terminally ill people was cleared of wrongdoing. Nicolas Bonnemaison

Three European courts grapple with end-of-life dilemmas
Jul 10, 2014

From Reuters news agency on 25 June 2014 (Tom Heneghan): Three European courts stepped carefully around delicate end-of-life issues on Wednesday, with one rejecting assisted suicide, another delaying it and a third acquitting a doctor from charges he murdered dying patients.
The varied rulings by Britain's Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and a regional French court

The language we use can hinder our ability to discuss the ethical issues.
Jul 10, 2014

Rodney Syme, DWD Victoria´s vice president and member of the WFRtDS Board 2012/2014 published an article in Australian The Saturday Paper titled The Language of Euthanasia (reading recommended! RJ) , especially when realizing that words – how we use and interpret them – are the essence of our understanding of complex human issues, such as euthanasia and (assisted) suicide.

New novel makes strong case for assisted dying
Jul 10, 2014

During his time in London, England, former daily newspaper journalist Scott Nelson spent three years (1995 to 1998) living with and caring for several elderly people suffering from advanced dementia. Now, Scott has self-published The Carer, a short e-novel based on his time working in that role. Read the press release here and how to get a copy.

French Council of State ruling in Vincent Lambert case
Jul 9, 2014

The 17 judges of the French Council of State (France's highest court) have ruled in the long dragging case of Vincent Lambert: doctors are allowed to arrest the treatment of Vincent Lambert, a man already 6 years in a permanent vegetative coma. This will certainly mean Vincent Lambert will die. The implementation of the verdict has to wait for the considerations by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where the parents of Vincent have appealed. This ruling from the ECHR - although put high on a priority list -  can take many months, if not a year.

France's Conseil d-Etat a jugé dans l'affaire de Vincent Lambert
Jul 9, 2014

Les 17 juges du Conseil d'Etat Français ont jugé dans l'affaire longtemps traînage de Vincent Lambert : médecins sont autorisés à arrêter le traitement de Vincent Lambert, un homme déjà 6 ans dans le coma végétatif permanent. Cela signifiera certainement que Vincent Lambert va mourir. La mise en œuvre du verdict doit attendre pour les considérations de la Cour Européenne des Droits de l'Homme à Strasbourg, où les parents de Vincent ont fait appel. Cette décision de la CEDH - bien que montées à une hauteur sur une liste de priorité - peut prendre plusieurs mois, voire un an.

Interesting ruling on Right to die by UK Supreme Court
Jul 7, 2014

UK's Supreme Court  ruling in the Nicklinson and Lamb cases has been causing clarity in the eyes of one and giving thoughts as to the parliamentary progress made in the scope of dealing with Lord Falconers Bill, currently waiting for debate in the House of Lords

Justices ruled against Paul Lamb and Jane Nicklinson

Interested in a new voluntary assisted dying Society for incurably mentally ill people ?
Jun 30, 2014

An English campaigner considers forming a voluntary euthanasia  campaigning body for those who are incurably mentally ill. Such a society - oriented on a specific end-of-life issue like dementia and not on a single country or jurisdiction - might, if successful in acquiring sufficient supporters, wish to  apply for membership of the WFRtDS.  Interested?? Visit his website www.admd.co here and let him know.

Are UK Doctors changing their minds on assisted dying?
Jun 30, 2014

A poll held amongst 1,005 doctors (research done by MedeConnect HealthCare Insight) resulted in a growing support for legal change in GP's: 40% in favour, 32% against and 28% undecided. Remarkable is also that two thirds said the BMA and the Royal Colleges (until now opposed!)  should change their stance to neutral.

(from Times of London, June 16, 2014)

Australian Federal Draft Bill tabled in the Senate
Jun 30, 2014

Senator Richard di Natale of Victoria, tabled a Draft Bill in the Senate in Canberra, regarding dying with dignity.

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