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Another step in Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill
May 3, 2015

A parliamentary report scrutinising proposals to legalise assisted suicide has been published today by the Health and Sport Committee. In its stage one report on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, the Committee has reached the following overall conclusions:

WFRtDS Congress 2016
May 3, 2015

The WF Congress will be organized by NVVE (Dutch RtD Society) next year 11-14 May 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From May 11 this year more details will be published on this site; please vsiist again.

France moves one step closer to legalizing euthanasia
May 3, 2015

France is one step closer to legalizing euthanasia after approving a bill that allows doctors to sedate terminally ill patients until they die. The bill stops short of recommending lethal injections and avoids the terms euthanasia or assisted suicide, but would give people 'the right to deep, continuous sedation until death'. This must be at the patient's request, but only when their condition is life-threatening in the short-term.

The proposed measure was passed by a vote of 436 to 34 in France's lower

Loi fin de vie 2015 : Synthèse ou Sur place
May 3, 2015

Le 17 mars dernier, l’Assemblée Nationale a adopté en première lecture la proposition de loi Claeys/Leonetti sur la fin de vie, par 436 voix pour, 34 contre et 83 abstentions. Certes, le débat n’est pas clôt, le vote au Sénat puis le dépôt d’amendement à l’Assemblée Nationale en deuxième lecture peuvent modifier le texte qui n’a été amendé qu’à la marge. Certains députés espèrent même que l’amendement proposé par Jean-Louis Touraine soit voté en deuxième lecture.
Le plus probable est toutefois que ce soit le texte actuel

Ground breaking case in New Zealand
May 3, 2015

Lecretia Seales, a 42-year old lawyer from Wellington, New Zealand), and brain tumour sufferer is bringing her case to  the NZ High Court Case, asking that her doctor may be permitted to assist her to die with dignity, without fear of prosecution under the Crimes Act.  The type of decision Ms Seales is seeking is known as a “Declaration” of the High Court, and is utilising (in the main) the

South African Robin Stransham-Ford died
May 1, 2015

Terminally-ill Cape Town man died of natural causes Thursday on the same day that a court granted him the right to end his life, a ruling that could pave the way for assisted suicide legislation. Retired advocate Robin Stransham-Ford, 65, was reported to be heavily sedated and a statement from his family did not say whether he died before or after the ruling.

“Since receiving the heartening news of the ground-breaking judgement,

DwD New South Wales publishes its March 2015 Newsletter
May 1, 2015

Read here DWD NSW's latest Newsletter. This special Pre-election Newsletter includes the main points from Sarah Edelman's analysis at the forum and also discusses recent historic developments in the US and Canada.

Author Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66
May 1, 2015

Sir Terry, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and has previously campaigned in favour of assisted dying , passed away at home with his family by his side. The author had succumbed to a chest infection earlier this year, which gradually worsened. He passed away on March 12th. His publishers confirmed it was the result of natural causes rather than the assisted suicide he had campaigned for.

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter March 2015
May 1, 2015

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter March 2015, read it here.

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 157
May 1, 2015

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 157. Find an English excerpt here.

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