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Dying with Dignity Victoria Newsletter Update Issue 170 July 2015
Jul 12, 2015

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.

RELICS, a short film on assisted dying
Jul 12, 2015

After a year of festivals, just now the film Relics has been released on line. Relics is a short film about a salesman who tries to sell his miraculous cleaning machine to a sick woman and her skeptical daughter, on the day that the woman asked her daughter to help her end her own life. It's a comedy! Sort of...

Le Sénat a rejeté le loi sur la fin de vie
Jul 12, 2015

Le Sénat a rejeté ce 23 juin, en première lecture, la proposition de loi sur la fin de vie, par 196 votes contre (la gauche, une partie des sénateurs de droite ou du centre) et 87 votes pour (dont 85 Les Républicains/LR et 2 centristes).

French Senate rejected the bill on the end of life
Jul 12, 2015

France’s debate over end-of-life care goes to the Senate, with a bill that would allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, but stops short of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. The new bill would give people “the right to

The Economist’s cover story on assisted dying
Jul 12, 2015

Cory Ruf (DWD Canada) wrote an excellent blog on the Economist Issue (read it  here):

The magazine has devoted impressive space, including the cover, to the legalization of assisted dying, which is being considered in the U.K. The issue boasts a 4,400-word feature article documenting the recent rise in support for physician assisted dying in Western countries. Here are five points worth noting:

SAVES (Australia) publishes its Newsletter nr 16
Jul 12, 2015

In its Newsletter nr 16 (read it here) SAVES Australia writes about a possible changing attitude regarding end of life criteria. Would no longer a terminal illness be in the centre, but instead would it not be better to focus on suffering (unbearable and hopeless)?

Hemlock of Illinois changes its name: Final Options llinois
Jul 12, 2015

Hemlock of Illinois has changed its name to Final Options Illinois. A message from their President Ed Gogol can be found here. Final Options Illinois is now registered on the WF website as non-member organisation

Canadian medical schools readying doctors: Learning to help take a life
Jul 11, 2015

Canada's medical schools are preparing for what was once unimaginable - teaching medical students and residents how to help patients take their own lives.

Interview witrh Desmond Tutu
Jul 11, 2015

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.

Maine to join other states: LD 1270 in the Legislature
Jul 11, 2015

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