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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
Final Exit Network published their Newsletter August 2015. Read it here.
An Auckland University research, published in today's New Zealand Medical Journal, asked doctors about the last death they'd attended. Research suggests that GPs are hastening death of terminally ill patients.
Of 650 GPs who responded, 65 per cent reported they'd withdrawn treatment from a patient or alleviated pain in the probability it may hasten death; 16 per cent said they had actively withheld treatments so as not to prolong life and four per cent (16 doctors) reported prescribing a drug with the explicit purpose of hastening death.
Two young Wellington (NZ) film makers Wendell and Jeremy produced a 3-min documentary about Gina, a 45 year old woman from Wellington, who has a genetic condition. She is in hospital level care in a rest home. She has been there for 5 years, bedridden. She lives in semi darkness, cannot talk and is extremely sensitive to sound. The specialist said her prognosis is that she won't recover and she may well live a long life.
And, she is of sound mind, loves chocolate and has a delightful sense of humour.