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Quebec will soon teach the rest of Canada
May 10, 2015

In his post for DWD Canada's blog, Quebec nurse Nathan Friedland writes with passion about how healthcare providers in his province will soon become Canada's go-to experts on how to help patients die with dignity and in comfort. Quebec is preparing to implement Bill 52, an end-of-life care law that includes provisions for assisted dying, by the end of the year:

Unknowingly, Quebec has given doctors across the entire country an incredibly valuable teaching tool

Ground breaking case in New Zealand
May 3, 2015

Lecretia Seales, a 42-year old lawyer from Wellington, New Zealand), and brain tumour sufferer is bringing her case to  the NZ High Court Case, asking that her doctor may be permitted to assist her to die with dignity, without fear of prosecution under the Crimes Act.  The type of decision Ms Seales is seeking is known as a “Declaration” of the High Court, and is utilising (in the main) the

Disability rights campaigners won permission to bring a legal challenge
May 3, 2015

Disability rights campaigners who say assisted suicide policy in England and Wales is too "liberal" have won permission to bring a legal challenge. Director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders last year clarified assisted suicide guidelines, making prosecutions of health professionals less likely.

At London's High Court, Nikki and Merv Kenward argued she had "changed" policy, making it more "liberal".  Judges

German debate on organised suicide assistance in Berlin
May 3, 2015

The German Humanist Society, together with a couple of other interested groups, organises a debate (Podiumsdiskussion) on Organized Suicide Assistance on June 3, 2015 in Berlin (see attached [German language only] flyer for details).

Speakers will include Roger Kusch (Sterbehilfe Deutschland) and Ludwig Minelli (Dignitas Deutschland).

Podiumsdiskussion in Berlin: Organisierte Suizidhilfe
May 3, 2015

Im Bundestag wird derzeit ein Verbot der organisierten Suizidhilfe in Deutschland geplant,
wie sie insbesondere von Sterbehilfevereinen angeboten wird. Fraktionsübergreifend unterstützen
viele Parlamentarier diesen Vorschlag, wobei ungeprüfte Vorbehalte, Spekulationen
und moralische Verurteilungen eine große

Poland debate on Euthanasia
May 3, 2015

The Oxford & Cambridge Society of Poland (the alumni society in Poland of current and former students and staff at Oxford and Cambridge ) organizes on May 12, 2015  a debate on the topic of 

Another step in Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill
May 3, 2015

A parliamentary report scrutinising proposals to legalise assisted suicide has been published today by the Health and Sport Committee. In its stage one report on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, the Committee has reached the following overall conclusions:

WFRtDS Congress 2016
May 3, 2015

The WF Congress will be organized by NVVE (Dutch RtD Society) next year 11-14 May 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From May 11 this year more details will be published on this site; please vsiist again.

France moves one step closer to legalizing euthanasia
May 3, 2015

France is one step closer to legalizing euthanasia after approving a bill that allows doctors to sedate terminally ill patients until they die. The bill stops short of recommending lethal injections and avoids the terms euthanasia or assisted suicide, but would give people 'the right to deep, continuous sedation until death'. This must be at the patient's request, but only when their condition is life-threatening in the short-term.

The proposed measure was passed by a vote of 436 to 34 in France's lower

Loi fin de vie 2015 : Synthèse ou Sur place
May 3, 2015

Le 17 mars dernier, l’Assemblée Nationale a adopté en première lecture la proposition de loi Claeys/Leonetti sur la fin de vie, par 436 voix pour, 34 contre et 83 abstentions. Certes, le débat n’est pas clôt, le vote au Sénat puis le dépôt d’amendement à l’Assemblée Nationale en deuxième lecture peuvent modifier le texte qui n’a été amendé qu’à la marge. Certains députés espèrent même que l’amendement proposé par Jean-Louis Touraine soit voté en deuxième lecture.
Le plus probable est toutefois que ce soit le texte actuel