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Despite massive public support, MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. In a free vote in the Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. In a passionate debate, some argued the plans allowed a "dignified and peaceful death" while others said they were "totally unacceptable". Pro-assisted dying campaigners said the result showed
Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 158; read the English summary here.
According to a report by a study commission in the German parliament leaked to "Die Welt" newspaper, three of the draft bills currently under discussion in the German parliament are unconstitutional - on the grounds that the definitions they contain would be hard to enforce. The Bundestag is due to vote on proposals to restrict its liberal assisted suicide laws this autumn, with many members concerned about organizations that offer assisted suicide services. Germany has no legislation covering assisted suicide at all at the moment - as long as they administer the fatal drug to themselves, it is legal
Belgian ADMD published its second quarter 2015 Newsletter nr 136 (in French). Read it here.
ADMD Belge a publié sa 2ème 2015 Bulletin Trimestriel (en Francais) . Lisez ici.
SAVES (Australia) publishes its Newsletter nr 32 - 2, July 2015. Read it here.
Every week on Thursday morning between 12-15 and 12.45, members of RTVD, the Swedish RtD Society, parade the steps of the Riksdag (Parliament) in support of the right to a dignified death.
The Washington State Department of Health yesterday released the 2014 annual report on the implementation of the Washington Death with Dignity Act. The figures underscore not only that only a small number of people use the law, but also that the Washington Death with Dignity Act continues to work flawlessly and provides ease of mind and relief to Washingtonians facing the end of life. In 2014, 176 terminally ill Washington residents received a prescription under the Act to help hasten their death. This is a 2% increase over
A Californian emergency physician writes down his experiences with the death of his father after a devastating stroke. Chris Stookey: "Though death by terminal dehydration was preferable to a drawn out death in the ICU or in a nursing home, death by dehydration was nonetheless a less than ideal way to die. My father would have preferred