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Book on Dutch End-of-Life practices in Italian
Dec 13, 2017

Johannes Achterberg published "Libertà di decidere" (freedom to choose), a book on the Dutch End-of-Life practice in Italian. In his preface he states: "The great advantage of a pensionado is that he has so much time to be curious. A curiosity that motivates him to delve into topics of any kind. It so happens to discover that much news is manipulated or does not correspond entirely or in part with the reality. Politicians in particular

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.

New annual price created in Flanders, Belgium
Nov 28, 2017

In the scope of World Right to Die Day 2017 (November 2) Flemish RtD Society RWS created a  special price for bachelor- or master thesis (in English or Dutch)  on "Public acceptable dignified dying, end-of-life decisions and the social relevance".

World Right to Die Day 2017
Nov 28, 2017

DWD ACT (Australia) held a small event in front of the ACT Legislative Assembly in Canberra. The people who came included DWDACT members, Members of the Legislative Assembly and newcomers who became members on the spot.

 

Victoria becoming the first State with legally assisted dying (in 2019)
Nov 28, 2017

After passage with 47 to 37 in the Victorian Lower House in a 26 hour marathon session, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 was referred to the Legislative Council of the Upper House for further debate. This Council agreed on November 4 with 22 to 18 to take the bill for detailed consideration: 141 (!) clauses were put forward for debate - clearly a filibustering exercis. The council sat on November 17 for another 28 hours before it adjourned

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