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Opposition formation against new plans to restrict German Assisted Suicide
Mar 12, 2014

Volker Kauder (CDU) has announced his plan to propose a new Assisted Dying Bill in the fall of this year. This new Bill will further restrict the possibilities for legal assistance with suicide (now legal in Germany!) by explicitly make not only assistance "with profit", but also assistance by a RtD organisation ilegal.  Under the leadership of lawyer (and Bundestagabgeordente)  Ingrid Matthäus-Mayer a coalition to oppose this initiative has formed with the following

Neues Humanistisches Bündnis – Arztprozess wegen Sterbehilfe
Mar 12, 2014

Wie bereits angekündigt, wurde ein Bündnis humanistischer Organisationen auf den Weg gebracht. Unter Federführung der Bundestagsabgeordenten a.D. Ingrid Matthäus-Mayer haben die Bemühungen dazu erheblich an Tempo gewonnen. Zwischenzeitlich hat Unionsfraktionschef Volker Kauder (CDU) erstmals einen konkreten Zeitplan für ein neues Sterbehilfegesetzes genannt. Danach soll es schon im Herbst verabschiedet werden.  Mit dem Gesetz soll nicht nur die auf Gewinn ausgerichtete Beihilfe zum Suizid, sondern jegliche organisierte Form der Beihilfe zur Selbsttötung verboten werden.

Il Punto 116 - Notizio di Libera Uscita published
Mar 11, 2014

Libera Uscita, Italy, published its newsletter Il Punto nr 116, February 2014 (Italian only). Read it here.

Il Punto 116 - Notizio di Libera Uscita pubblicato
Mar 11, 2014

Libera Uscita, Italia, pubblicato il bollettino Il Punto nr 11,Febbraio 2014.  Leggi qui.

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.

Belgian Parliament passes new euthanasia bill: international media attention
Mar 3, 2014

On 13 February the Belgian Parliament passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions. When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.

Victim of traffic accident colours the French right to die debate
Mar 3, 2014

Vincent Lambert – a young man since 5 years in coma after a traffic accident – has become the centre of an heated debate on end-of-life decisions in France. His wife and the medical team decided, completely in accordance with the Leonetti Law and thus legally, to let him die. However his parents – fierce Catholics – did not agree and decided to have him kept alive. Even the court has ordered for him to be resuscitated.

Victime d’une accident de la route couleurs le Right to Die débat en France
Mar 3, 2014

Vincent Lambert – un jeune homme depuis 5 ans dans le coma après un accident de la route – est devenue le centre d'un débat excité sur les décisions de fin de vie en France. Sa femme et l'équipe médicale a décidé, complètement selon le loi Leonetti et donc légalement, de le laisser mourir. Cependant ses parents – féroces catholiques – n'a pas accepté et a décidé de l'avoir gardé en vie. Même la Cour a ordonné pour qu'il puisse être ressuscitée.

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