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Final Exit Network published its December 2017 Newsletter volume 16 no 4
Dec 2, 2017

Final Exit Network published its December 2017 Newsletter volume 16 no 4. You can read it here.

Is the World Medical Association (WMA) shifting its position?
Dec 2, 2017

Following the other regional divisions of the WMA (Asia and South-America), the European Branch convened a meeting in the Vatican. A letter has been discussed that was prepared by the Dutch RDMA (KNMG) and the Canadian sister organisation, which proposed earlier to write an alternative text for the until then usual stance "euthanasia is unethical". By

Dutch NVVE publishes its 4th edition of Relevant 2017
Dec 2, 2017

NVVE, the Dutch RtD Society published its quarterly Relevant 2017/4. Read the Summary (in English) here; the Dutch PDF can be downloaded here.

No law yet in New South Wales
Dec 2, 2017

Disappointing news from New South Wales: the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill failed by one vote in tehg Upper House. President Sarah Edelman of DWD NSW: " We always knew that it would be close, but to lose by just one vote is a blow to all of us. It was instructive watching ‘democracy at work’.

Victoria Victory now definite
Dec 2, 2017

Finally a success in Australia: Victoria approved the final amendments in  last session in the Lower House. The law will be effective as from June 2019.

Andrew Denton of Go Gentle Australia in his last blog:

Success has many friends - but there are six heroes in this three year saga. 

 

World Right to Die Day 2017
Dec 2, 2017

We call on society to take up the challenge and become involved in the debate on the fundamental human right to choose the manner and time of our death, with dignity, and where possible or necessary, assisted by professionals.

2nd Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada
Nov 28, 2017

This second update ( the first having been published in April this year) will build upon the first report, providing additional information on requests for medical assistance in dying between January 1 and June 30, 2017, and includes an analysis of trends where comparable data permits. Across the country, there were 1,179 medically assisted deaths between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, accounting for approximately 0.9% of all deaths

Statistics on causes of death 2015 in Switzerland
Nov 28, 2017

Switzerland recorded 67 ' 606 deaths in 2015, or 6% more than the previous year. The flu epidemic at the beginning of the year, the heatwave in July and the ageing of the population contributed to this increase. These are some of the results of the last statistic of the causes of death established by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). Suicide increases slightly, assisted suicide strongly. 792 men and 279 women ended their days in 2015, or 43 people more than in 2014.

Start trial Marco Capato:
Nov 28, 2017

On November 8 2017, the trial against Marco Cappato started. Marco - one of Luca Coscioni's directors - is prosecuted for having assisted Dj Fabo to travel to Switzerland to obtain assisted suicide (see our earlier items on this site. He was remanded  to court because - aware of

Study into effects on family members who assisted with the death of a loved one
Nov 28, 2017

Assisted dying - although illegal in New Zealand - is often in the spotlight and surrounded by much debate. The study Helping a loved one die: the act of assisted dying in New Zealand, by Svetlana Feigin and published in the Journal of  Mortality, explored the personal experiences of family members who had assisted with the death of a loved one and resulting consequences (legal, emotional, psychological).

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