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SAVES (Australia) publishes its Newsletter nr 32 - 2, July 2015
Oct 1, 2015

SAVES (Australia) publishes its Newsletter nr 32 - 2, July 2015. Read it here.

Swedish RTVD every week on the steps of the Parliament
Oct 1, 2015


Every week  on Thursday morning between 12-15 and 12.45, members of RTVD, the Swedish RtD Society, parade the steps of the Riksdag (Parliament) in support of the right to a dignified death.

2014 Report from Washington Death With Dignity Act published
Oct 1, 2015

The Washington State Department of Health yesterday released the 2014 annual report on the implementation of the Washington Death with Dignity Act. The figures underscore not only that only a small number of people use the law, but also that the Washington Death with Dignity Act continues to work flawlessly and provides ease of mind and relief to Washingtonians facing the end of life. In 2014, 176 terminally ill Washington residents received a prescription under the Act to help hasten their death. This is a 2% increase over

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter August 2015
Oct 1, 2015

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter August 2015. Read it here.

GINA - a documentary on suffering
Oct 1, 2015

Two young Wellington (NZ) film makers Wendell and Jeremy produced a 3-min documentary about Gina, a 45 year old woman from Wellington, who has a genetic condition. She is in hospital level care in a rest home. She has been there for 5 years, bedridden. She lives in semi darkness, cannot talk and is extremely sensitive to sound. The specialist said her prognosis is that she won't recover and she may well live a long life.
And, she is of sound mind, loves chocolate and has a delightful sense of humour.

Former UK Chief Prosecutor in favour of change of UK law
Oct 1, 2015

Sir Kier Starmer, formerly the Director of Public Prosecutions, and who is now a Labour MP, said the law "needs to be changed". He believes people must be helped to take their own lives without being forced to inconveniently travel to Switzerland in their final days. He said it is time politicians protected compassionate loved ones from prosecution by legalising assisted dying. He claimed that Crown Prosecution Service guidelines

Book on end -of life decision making: Do Go Gentle
Sep 20, 2015

A Californian emergency physician writes down his experiences with the death of his father after a devastating stroke. Chris Stookey: "Though death by terminal dehydration was preferable to a drawn out death in the ICU or in a nursing home, death by dehydration was nonetheless a less than ideal way to die. My father would have preferred

Crowdfunding request for Canadian short film.
Sep 19, 2015

Based on the real life experience of the author's late father and herself, Ilanna S. Mandel wants to honour that journey, as well as support the cause of dying with dignity. Ilanna and her team request that you take a look at their campaign and view the project. If you feel comfortable with doing so, they ask that you support what they seek to achieve.

Visit the link to their project.

Petition (9000 signatures) asking for legalisation in New Zealand presented
Jul 14, 2015

End-of-Life Choice VES New Zealand has been gathering signatures on a petition to the Parliament to legalise assisted dying. Since the start in March 9000 individuals signed the petition presented by Maryan Street (one of the initiators of NZ Bill) and matt Vickers (husband of late Lecretia Seales) to the NZ Parliament. See the report of it here.

Dying with Dignity Victoria Newsletter Update Issue 170 July 2015
Jul 12, 2015

Dying with Dignity Victoria publishes its Newsletter Update of July 2015 (nr 170). In it amongst others news on a parliamentary committee investigation of the need to allow citizens to make their own end-of-life choices, with a report no later than 31 May 2016. You can read it here.


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