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Excitement around Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill in UK rises
Jul 17, 2014

Excitement around Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill in UK rises, as tomorrow Friday July 18 the bill will have its second reading in the House of Lords. In the a-foregoing period a number of relevant  individuals have either publicly again  affirmed their position in favour or even admitted to have changed their opinion, like Desmond Tutu and former Archbishop Lord Carey. Read about their motives here:

British Medical Journal argues for Lord Falconer’s assisted dying bill
Jul 10, 2014

Breaking ranks with the medical establishment, it has issued an outspoken editorial backing a bill tabled by the former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer which would open the way for a form of assisted suicide in the UK. It argues that “respect for autonomy” – rather than

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.

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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