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DWD New South Wales Newsletter March 2014 available
Mar 3, 2014

Death with Dignity National Center reports on momentum in USA
Mar 3, 2014

Melissa Barber of Death with Dignity National Center reported on the developments in the USA: the debate over end-of-life healthcare policy reform is heating up in the North-east.  Much of this is tied to the increased awareness and understanding of Death with Dignity laws resulting from the recent near victory in Massachusetts and last year's historic achievement in Vermont.

Melissa Barber keeps track on these new bills

Quebec Bill 52 stumbles at the last moment
Mar 3, 2014

Update from DWD Canada:
No Vote Before Two Week Recess
Quebec stumbles right at the finish line.

It was all going so very well….until it wasn’t. Quebec was poised on the threshold of a historic moment: the introduction of Bill 52. A Bill which, when passed, would for the first time in history allow Canadians to legally request medical aid in dying. A Bill which asked for better access to Palliative Care. In other words, a Bill which would provide end-of-life choice.

“Aid in Dying” in the United States
Feb 17, 2014

Erik Ekholm of the New York Times tried in an article titled “’Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States” (February 7, 2014) to shed a light on the developments in the different US States. Where Oregon and Washington legalised assisted suicide and states like Montana and Vermont reached the same by Supreme Court decisions, a number of other states work to achieve the same goals.An interesting article, read it here.

Oregon's 2013 report published
Feb 14, 2014

Each year, the Oregon Health Authority issues an annual report which sheds a light on the small group of people who pursue this option.

Some quick facts about the usage of Oregon's law in 2013:

Netherlands loses another pioneer of euthanasia
Feb 11, 2014

This morning we got notice that Els Borst suddenly and unexpectedly died at the age of 81. She was the health minister who can be said to be “the mother” of the Dutch Euthanasia law.

NVVE publishes 1rst quarterly Relevant 2014
Feb 5, 2014

The first number of the completely restyled 2014 edition of Relevant is published now.

In memoriam Piet Admiraal
Feb 4, 2014

On November 30, 2013,  Piet Admiraal, anaesthesiologist and pioneer of the Dutch euthanasia movement, died. Since the late sixties he never made it a secret that he practised euthanasia. For Piet a deep felt compassion with a suffering "sick fellow human being" (as he preferred to call a patient) in his terminal stage were of overriding importance to comply with serious euthanasia requests.

Quebec Bill 52 one step forward again
Feb 3, 2014

A National Assembly committee cleared Quebec's  Bill 52 on medically assisted death clause-by-clause, thus taking a major step forward. Véronique Hivon - a long time sponsor of the bill -  told reporters she wants it adopted as soon as possible after the Assembly resumes their session on February 11, 2014. 

Another Canadian success
Feb 3, 2014

The Canadian Supreme Court recently decided to hear the case for the Right to Die; a case in which the Federal Government appealed the BC Supreme Court decision to agree with overturning the current law on RtD and introduce a new one legalizing options for medical aid in dying. This Federal appeal was considered by the BC Court of Appeal. which, in a 2 - 1 decision, overturned the earlier verdict on

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