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Summary on proceedings in Canada 2015
Jun 13, 2015

Derryck Smith, Co-chair of the medical Advisory Board of DWD Canada wrote this article to summarise all what has happened in Canada, starting with Quebec last year and this year February with the BCC verdict.

WFRtDS Newsletter June 2015 published
Jun 13, 2015

WF Newsletter June 2015 published, read it here.

Die letzte Hilfe! Ärzte aus dem In- und Ausland diskutieren über Suizidhilfe
Jun 13, 2015

Wir, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Humanes Sterben DGHS,  laden Sie herzlich zu unserer international besetzten Podiumsdiskussion ein am 20 Juni in Berlin. Wir freuen uns, wenn Sie an ihr teilnehmen. Andere Interessierte sind ebenfalls willkommen. Sehe die Flyer hier.

Symposium in Berlin: Die letzte Hilfe! Ärzte aus dem In- und Ausland diskutieren über Suizidhilfe
Jun 13, 2015

The German DGHS invites you to attend the international debate (Podiumsdiskussion) in Berlin on June 20, 2015. Simultaneous translation available.  See the flyer here.

Scottish parliament rejects assisted dying law
May 29, 2015

(The Guardian) MSPs vote 82-36 against bill that proposed those with terminal illnesses could seek help of doctor to end their lives, after deeply personal debate The Scottish parliament has voted to reject legislation on assisted dying following a heartfelt and at times deeply personal debate on Wednesday, carried out in the shadow of the late MSP Margo MacDonald, who initiated the bill before her death last year. MSPs voted by 82 to 36 against the general principles of the assisted suicide (Scotland) bill. It had proposed that those with

Major Breakthroughs in the Golden State California USA
May 29, 2015

(from Death with Dignity National Center): In California, where a bill is inching closer to the Senate floor, two major developments nudged the proposed End of Life Option Act closer to passage.

First, the California Medical Association has removed its opposition to physician-assisted dying and is now neutral on SB 128, End of Life Option Act, which our experts helped craft and shepherd through an amendment process and Committee hearings (read the CMA's full press release). With this move, the CMA became the first state medical association in the U.S. to change its position on the issue, which helps pave the way to a success on the Senate floor.

The importance of this development cannot be understated.

Non-doctor cleared of prosecution for helping his mother of 99 die; a new step in the Netherlands?
May 29, 2015

(From New York Times): A Dutch appeals court on Wednesday cleared a man of any criminal responsibility for helping his 99-year-old mother take her own life — a case that aimed to create precedents for assisting suicide in a country where euthanasia already is legal under certain circumstances. Judges in the city of Arnhem said Albert Heringa should not be prosecuted for helping his mother die in 2008 by giving her enough pills for a fatal overdose. In a written verdict, the appeals court said Heringa had to decide between obeying the law against assisting suicide and his "unwritten moral duty" to help his mother achieve her wish for "a painless, peaceful and dignified death." Heringa "could not

Australian doctor Rodney Syme's invitation to speak rescinded
May 29, 2015

Doctors, politicians and lawyers have come out swinging after a controversial urologist saw his invitation to speak at a prestigious national medical event rescinded.Dr Rodney Syme was set to headline a plenary session and "end of life" panel discussion at the annual conference of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians later this month, but has been "uninvited" from the Cairns event.It was revealed last week that Dr Syme publicly handed lethal illegal medication to a terminal cancer victim, Mr Ray Godbold​ of Inverloch. The exchange of the drug Nembutal – commonly used by vets to euthanise pets – was an act of defiance meant to draw attention to the "right to die" issue.

Hemlock San Diego Newsletter published
May 26, 2015

Recently Hemlock San Diego published its May 2015 Newsletter. It can be read here (PDF).

Newsletters from New Zealand EoLC VES published
May 26, 2015

We received the latest two Newsletters from New Zealand EoLC VES. The January-February 2015 one can be read here. The March-May edition 2015 here. (both PDF)

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