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Oregon's Public Health Division recently issued their 15th annual report, and consistent with all previous years, the data continue to show the law works the way it's intended: rarely used, but providing comfort to countless individuals who know they have options at the end of their lives.
Some quick facts about the usage of Oregon's law in 2012:
March 2012, as part of a comprehensive report on Dying With Dignity, the all-party committee of the Quebec National Assembly issued their full report (English version), including recommendations to allow legalized end-of-life choice for individuals suffering greatly at end-of-life.
The government then appointed three expert lawyers to a judicial panel to make recommendations
Reuters reports on Thursday January 10, 2013: Marie Fleming, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is completely paralyzed, lost her right to die case — the first of its kind in Ireland — on Thursday. The judge acknowledged Fleming's life had been 'rendered miserable' by disease, but said he could not bend the law on the behalf of one person.
Sociologist Naomi Richards of Edinburgh has authored a new academic paper the right-to-die movement in the U.K.. The article - titled The Fight to Die: Older People and Death Activism - is published in the International Journal of Aging and Later Life and is (apologies: currently NOT available at this link.)
The Sydney Telegraph (January 8, 2013) reports: Independent MP Bob Such has drafted a revised voluntary euthanasia bill after his previous attempt was voted down in State Parliament mid-last year.
The Ending Life With Dignity Bill 2013 would establish a board of about eight government-appointed members,
The family of Tony Nicklinson who lost a legal battle in August last year (2012) for the right-to-die has won permission from the Court of Appeal to continue his campaign and appeal against the High Court ruling.
He was paralysed by a stroke in 2005 and suffered from locked-in syndrome.
ZonMW, an internationally renowned Health-care and -innovation research Institute, performed a second Evaluation on the implementation and practice of the Dutch Euthanasia Law (2002). In December the long awaited report was presented. The overall conclusion of the second evaluation of the Act Termination of life on Request and Assisted Suicide is that the Act has succeeded in improving the carefulness of physicians who terminate the life of a patient upon his request and in providing a transparent and consistent legal framework for this practice.