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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.
The End of Life Options Act - Californian bill SB 128 - passed a 23-14 vote in the Senate in June. Senators Monning and Wolk sponsored this Bill, following the Oregon model. A serious and first important step towards legalisation was taken. But, before the Assembly Health Committee was going to debate and tear down the bill on July 7, the lawmakers decided to
Pressure has been building from all sides of the political spectrum in New Zealand to change the law on assisted suicide after the death of Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales. Prime Minister John Key is backing a select committee inquiry, but said a law change will only be debated if a members bill is submitted and drawn from the ballot.
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
Dying with Dignity NSW publishes its winter Newsletter nr 132 (July 2015). Read it by clicking here.
Canada's medical schools are preparing for what was once unimaginable - teaching medical students and residents how to help patients take their own lives.
In an effort to support South African initiatives for legalisation of assisted dying Desmond Tutu gave an interview, which was shown at the Chicago Conference last September. It is now available to be seen on you tube: click here to see and hear.
A report from Valerie Lovelace: Today I am both happy and sad. I’m happy that LD 1270, An Act Regarding Patient-Directed Care at the End-of-Life, enjoyed a Committee hearing, a Committee working session, two Senate hearings with roll call votes, an historic House hearing with a roll call vote—all in the space of just two months. The first Senate hearing on Monday resulted in an 18-17
Terminally ill children in unbearable suffering should be given the right to die, the Dutch Paediatric Association has said, calling for the current age limit of 12 years old to be scrapped. Eduard Verhagen, a paediatrics professor at Groningen University, who is on the organisation's ethics commission, said: "We feel that an arbitrary age limit such as 12 should be changed