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Are UK Doctors changing their minds on assisted dying?
Jun 30, 2014

A poll held amongst 1,005 doctors (research done by MedeConnect HealthCare Insight) resulted in a growing support for legal change in GP's: 40% in favour, 32% against and 28% undecided. Remarkable is also that two thirds said the BMA and the Royal Colleges (until now opposed!)  should change their stance to neutral.

(from Times of London, June 16, 2014)

Australian Federal Draft Bill tabled in the Senate
Jun 30, 2014

Senator Richard di Natale of Victoria, tabled a Draft Bill in the Senate in Canberra, regarding dying with dignity.

German Right to Die campaigner attacked
Jun 20, 2014

Elke Baezner, president of the German Right to Die Soceity DGHS, has been attacked when in a meeting. The attacker threw butter acid at her and a colleague, causing skin and eye injuries. After treatment in hospital she could go home to recover. She said:

Deutsche Aktivist angegriffen
Jun 20, 2014

Elke Baezner, Präsident des deutschen Rechts auf Humanes Sterben Gesellschaft DGHS ist, wenn in einer Sitzung, angegriffen worden. Der Angreifer warf Butter-Säure an ihr und einem Kollegen, Haut und Augenverletzungen verursachend. Nach behandlung im Krankenhaus konnte sie nach hause gehen. Sie sagte:

Anniversary in Vermont
Jun 16, 2014

According to a WCAX.com report (Kyle Midura) 1 year aftyer the Vermont Governor signed a measure allowing terminally ill Vermonters to take a fatal prescription, so far only two have filled prescriptions for medication to end their lifes. Both died ultimately of natural causes.

Scottish Right to Die camapaigner Margo MacDonald died
Jun 16, 2014

70 year old Margo MacDonald, godmother of two Assisted Suicide Bills in Scotland, was suffering of Parkinsons' disease. As Independent MSP in the Scottish Parliament since 1999, she was known for her high-profile campaigns, including legalising assisted suicide in Scotland.

Broadening scope for assistance in Switzerland
Jun 16, 2014

From GlobalPost.com: Swiss assisted suicide group Exit A.D.M.D., a group that provides assisted suicide in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, has expanded its services to help elderly patients who are sick but not terminally ill end their lives.
The group's larger sister organisation Exit DS, which operates in the German and Italian speaking parts of the country, is planning to follow suit in a few days.

PubMed abstracts September 2013 - April 2014
Jun 16, 2014

Our Pub-Med editor John Willoughby reported: "There have been many articles of interest since September 2013 - and I apologise for the length of the list. Even so, there were other articles that could have been included. There a a couple of abstracts that I wanted to follow up by reading the primary article, but to which I could not find access. Read the abstracts here.

DWD Victoria publishes its Newsletter Update May 2014
Jun 16, 2014

DWD Victoria publishes its Newsletter Update May 2014, to be read here.

Japan Society JSDD published Newsletter nr 153
Jun 16, 2014

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 153. You can read the English summary here.

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