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Australian top executive Peter Short - recently diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer, has written a letter to his colleagues from top 300 public companies, addressing the importance of dying with dignity laws and urging them to promote the issue.
In 2012 and 2013 3239 cases of euthanasia were reported to the Federal Evaluation and Control Commission. Since the implementation of the Act of 28 May 2002, the increase in the number of reported cases was gradual. But it "tends to escalate significantly since 2011", reports
A group of Swiss and UK scientist have written a letter to the editor of The Lancet (Vol 384, issue 9938, page 127; 12 July 2014), suggesting a "solution" to decrease the rate of "euthanasia".
In a review they found that data from countries that allow both practices show that euthanasia occurs more frequently:
End-of-life care is a hot topic of discussion today at the annual conference of the Canadian Medical Association. The session ended with CMA members voting overwhelmingly in favour of an advisory resolution that supports the right of all physicians, within the bonds of existing legislation, to follow their conscience when deciding whether to provide so-called “medical aid in dying.”
Richard MacDonald has written a well readable article relating on the several years of diligent work being done by various entities in that Canadian province towards the new law. Read it here.
If you are interested in arguments pro and con, especially oriented on the USA situation, a visit to the website ProCon.org can be recommended. Find the special pages on assisted dying here.
The Final Exit Network will be ten years old, having been founded in Chicago on August 14, 2004, by ten persons, eight of whom are still with us. It came into being as a result of the closure of the Hemlock Society USA (1980-2003).