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DWD Canada - on her magnificent website/blog - reviews the past year activities: 2014 - a year to remember. Read about polls, initiatives, developments and stories.
Final Exit Network used their December 2014 Newsletter to report on two major issues: the 'fight" between Hemlock San Diego and AARP (a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives) on the refusal of the latter to have Hemlock setting up an information stand. And - secondly - an extensive report on the Chicago Conference. Read it here.
The film 37: A Final Promise is a dramatic depiction of a real-life romance with a tragic twist. Members of the WFRtDS can view the film on Vimeo on Demand for a discount: $3.99. Visit the special website here.
The film takes the debate a step further, suggesting that a person facing a terminal illness should be empowered to make the ultimate decision about her own body
In all debates around the world about the Right to Die, wordings and use of definitions cause misunderstandings. Paula Span wrote an article (NY Times, April 2014) on "Language of War", being (mis)used when describing end of life situations. Canadian Doctor Stephen Workman
Although no legalisation of any form of aid in dying is tabled, the Bundestag started a debate on euthanasia recently. Five caucuses have developed on the issue, mostly crossing party lines. Some want to tighten rules against euthanasia, and others to legalize it as Belgium and the Netherlands have done.
Pope Francis has condemned euthanasia, calling it “a sin against God the creator”. The Roman Pontiff made the statement in an address to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors . The Pope criticised the logic of what he termed “false compassion”.
The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia is producing a series of videos on human rights issues called "Have You Got That Right?" The latest episode looks at euthanasia. It begins by illustrating how most people don't even have to think about this life and death issue in their own lives. It then explains the current state of human rights law (there is no right to voluntary euthanasia but human rights law does allow it as long as certain safeguards are in place) before finishing with a scene
Medical Xpress published an article worthwhile reading, in which an overview of where and how "the Right to Die" is legalised or otherwise implemented. Read it here.
On November 2, 2014 ADMD-France organised their 7th World Right to Die Day in 100 (!) locations in France. New Zealand joined the initiative with their Kapiti-Horowhenua Branch. They celebrated one day earlier on November 1 with a stall, expecting better public attention on that day, the day Brittany Maynard chose to die. More pictures.
Lord Carlisle QC and Baroness Butler-Sloss, former head of the High Court Family Division, both vocal critics of the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill, called for judicial safeguards to prevent vulnerable people being pressurised to end their life. The House of Lords unanimously backed key amendments giving a High Court judge a role in any future system of assisted suicide in the UK, during detailed scrutiny of Lord Falconer's proposals. It was the first time Parliament has voted on the bill and was hailed by campaigners