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On July 3, 2015 the first "legal" euthanasia was performed in the city of Pereira; a male patient suffering from cancer in his face asked for the procedure on the basis of unbearable pain and suffering, and was authorized according with Health Ministry regulations issued a few weeks ago.
An ad hoc group of men and women who are involved in the right-to-die movement grew out of the biannual meeting of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies held in Chicago, U.S.A., September 18-20, 2014. Near the end of the conference Bill Simmons (Hemlock Society of San Diego) asked for volunteers to work with him to find a substitute for the word “suicide” when applied to people exercising their “Right to Die” (RtD) when
Dying with Dignity Victoria publishes its Newsletter Update of July 2015 (nr 170). In it amongst others news on a parliamentary committee investigation of the need to allow citizens to make their own end-of-life choices, with a report no later than 31 May 2016. You can read it here.
After a year of festivals, just now the film Relics has been released on line. Relics is a short film about a salesman who tries to sell his miraculous cleaning machine to a sick woman and her skeptical daughter, on the day that the woman asked her daughter to help her end her own life. It's a comedy! Sort of...
Cory Ruf (DWD Canada) wrote an excellent blog on the Economist Issue (read it here):
The magazine has devoted impressive space, including the cover, to the legalization of assisted dying, which is being considered in the U.K. The issue boasts a 4,400-word feature article documenting the recent rise in support for physician assisted dying in Western countries. Here are five points worth noting:
In its Newsletter nr 16 (read it here) SAVES Australia writes about a possible changing attitude regarding end of life criteria. Would no longer a terminal illness be in the centre, but instead would it not be better to focus on suffering (unbearable and hopeless)?
Hemlock of Illinois has changed its name to Final Options Illinois. A message from their President Ed Gogol can be found here. Final Options Illinois is now registered on the WF website as non-member organisation
According to German daily "Die Welt", Germany inches ever closer to joining its neighbours Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg in allowing active, medically assisted suicide on Tuesday as two new draft bills were presented to the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, ahead of a debate on the subject in July. Die "Welt": one version, which was sponsored by at least one member of every party in the Bundestag, is meant to represent a « middle way » between punishing those who provide euthanasia assistance and a complete deregulation