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Scottish parliament rejects assisted dying law
May 29, 2015

(The Guardian) MSPs vote 82-36 against bill that proposed those with terminal illnesses could seek help of doctor to end their lives, after deeply personal debate The Scottish parliament has voted to reject legislation on assisted dying following a heartfelt and at times deeply personal debate on Wednesday, carried out in the shadow of the late MSP Margo MacDonald, who initiated the bill before her death last year. MSPs voted by 82 to 36 against the general principles of the assisted suicide (Scotland) bill. It had proposed that those with

Major Breakthroughs in the Golden State California USA
May 29, 2015

(from Death with Dignity National Center): In California, where a bill is inching closer to the Senate floor, two major developments nudged the proposed End of Life Option Act closer to passage.

First, the California Medical Association has removed its opposition to physician-assisted dying and is now neutral on SB 128, End of Life Option Act, which our experts helped craft and shepherd through an amendment process and Committee hearings (read the CMA's full press release). With this move, the CMA became the first state medical association in the U.S. to change its position on the issue, which helps pave the way to a success on the Senate floor.

The importance of this development cannot be understated.

Newsletters from New Zealand EoLC VES published
May 26, 2015

We received the latest two Newsletters from New Zealand EoLC VES. The January-February 2015 one can be read here. The March-May edition 2015 here. (both PDF)

Euthanasia in International and Comparative Perspective; a book review
May 26, 2015

Euthanasia in International and Comparative Perspective, edited by Marc Groenhuijsen and Floris van Laanen, has been reviewed by Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Professor and Chair in Politics, at Hull University. Although the book originally was published in 2006, the discussion brought forward in this review by Cohen-Almagor is usefull reading. Download PDF here.

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter May 2015
May 26, 2015

Read here Final Exit Network's May 2015 Newsletter with all the recent news.

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 2, 2015 published
May 26, 2015

NVVE, the Dutch RtD Society, published the 2nd issue of 2015 of RELEVANT, their quarterly magazine.

Court case in Netherlands might break new grounds for completed life
May 26, 2015

Albert Heringa has been cleared from charges of assisting his 99-year-old mother Moek to commit suicide. The acquittal contributes to a possible legalisation of life termination on request by a non-medical individual. The Netherlands legalized physician-assisted suicide in 2002. But Albert Heringa helped his mother die in 2008

DWDVictoria's Newsletter Update Summer (May) 2015 published
May 26, 2015

DWD Victoria published its Summer Newsletter Update in May 2015. You can read it here.

Hemlock San Diego Newsletter published
May 26, 2015

Recently Hemlock San Diego published its May 2015 Newsletter. It can be read here (PDF).

Quebec will soon teach the rest of Canada
May 10, 2015

In his post for DWD Canada's blog, Quebec nurse Nathan Friedland writes with passion about how healthcare providers in his province will soon become Canada's go-to experts on how to help patients die with dignity and in comfort. Quebec is preparing to implement Bill 52, an end-of-life care law that includes provisions for assisted dying, by the end of the year:

Unknowingly, Quebec has given doctors across the entire country an incredibly valuable teaching tool


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