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Israeli District Court undertaking creative legal acrobatics advances 2005 Dying Patient Law
Jan 7, 2015

HAARETZ: The recent Tel Aviv District Court ruling allowing a patient with terminal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease) to end his life is a courageous decision. It advances the rights of an individual vis-a-vis his life and death, above and beyond the 2005 Dying Patient Law, which allows a person to refuse life-saving medical treatment only if their life expectancy is less than six months.
The court

Dying with Dignity Canada submits to the special BC Government Select Committee on physician assisted dying (PAD)
Jan 7, 2015

Last year, the B.C. Government forged an all-party committee to study how the province’s healthcare system can be improved. As part of its research, the Select Standing Committee on Health reached out to B.C. residents for input on a number of healthcare-related questions — including the future of end-of-life care in the province. Read here Dying with Dignity Canada's Submission to B.C.'s Select Standing on Health.

Busy year 2014 for Dying with Dignity Canada
Dec 31, 2014

DWD Canada - on her magnificent website/blog - reviews the past year activities: 2014 - a year to remember. Read about polls, initiatives, developments  and stories.

Hurdle for New Zealand legislation initiative?
Dec 31, 2014

As reported earlier on this site, Maryan Street withdrew her Assisted Dying Bill, which was in the ballot awaiting Parliamentary debate.  Maryan Street planned to put the bill back in the ballot box at the start of the new political term after the election in 2014.  But the new Labour Party leader, Andrew Little, has given instructions to the MP who was to re-introduce

German Ethics Council speaks up: a blow to a cross-party initiative
Dec 31, 2014

Council members agreed with the Federal Medical Council (Bundesärztekammer) that doctors should not routinely be asked to help patients commit suicide. But they argued that in “exceptional circumstances”, decisions of conscience by a doctor in the context of a “trusting doctor-patient relationship” should be respected.  The decision is a blow to a cross-party initiative

Scottish law finally heard in Parliamentary Committee
Dec 31, 2014
Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill
Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

The Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (MSP Margo MacDonald) , according to its Summary, published on the Scottish Parliament official website "enables people with terminal or life, shortening illnesses or progressive conditions which are terminal or life-shortening and who wish to end their own lives to obtain assistance in doing so" by removing criminal and liability from those who provide such aid.

Developments in the United States
Dec 31, 2014

Developments are abundant in the United States. Here is what we see coming in the coming year:

Activity in the West

California legislators will introduce

Peter Short, Australian campaigner dies
Dec 31, 2014

The campaigner for Dying with Dignity, Peter Short of Melbourne, died yesterday, less than a year since he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer on his 57th birthday.
Earlier we have reported about the work that Peter has done for the campaign during 2014. Specifically, he has provided significant support to Senator Di Natale’s Exposure draft of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014.

UK Right to Die campaigner Deby Purdy dies
Dec 31, 2014

Right-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy, who won a landmark ruling to clarify the law on assisted suicide, has died. The 51-year-old from Bradford had lived with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) for almost 20 years. Ms Purdy  died on 23 December in London's Marie Curie Hospice.

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter December 2014
Dec 30, 2014

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.

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