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Netherlands loses another pioneer of euthanasia
Feb 11, 2014

This morning we got notice that Els Borst suddenly and unexpectedly died at the age of 81. She was the health minister who can be said to be “the mother” of the Dutch Euthanasia law.

NVVE publishes 1rst quarterly Relevant 2014
Feb 5, 2014

The first number of the completely restyled 2014 edition of Relevant is published now.

In memoriam Piet Admiraal
Feb 4, 2014

On November 30, 2013,  Piet Admiraal, anaesthesiologist and pioneer of the Dutch euthanasia movement, died. Since the late sixties he never made it a secret that he practised euthanasia. For Piet a deep felt compassion with a suffering "sick fellow human being" (as he preferred to call a patient) in his terminal stage were of overriding importance to comply with serious euthanasia requests.

Quebec Bill 52 one step forward again
Feb 3, 2014

A National Assembly committee cleared Quebec's  Bill 52 on medically assisted death clause-by-clause, thus taking a major step forward. Véronique Hivon - a long time sponsor of the bill -  told reporters she wants it adopted as soon as possible after the Assembly resumes their session on February 11, 2014. 

Another Canadian success
Feb 3, 2014

The Canadian Supreme Court recently decided to hear the case for the Right to Die; a case in which the Federal Government appealed the BC Supreme Court decision to agree with overturning the current law on RtD and introduce a new one legalizing options for medical aid in dying. This Federal appeal was considered by the BC Court of Appeal. which, in a 2 - 1 decision, overturned the earlier verdict on

New Mexico, another US State to regulate physician aid in dying
Feb 3, 2014

New Mexico State law provides a fundamental right to a terminally ill, competent patient to choose a physician’s aid in getting prescription medications that will allow a peaceful death, a state judge ruled Monday in a seminal case. Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash said  doctors. Katherine Morris and Aroop Mangalik, both oncologists at the University of New Mexico Hospital, could not be prosecuted under the state’s Assisted Suicide Statute, which is defined as the act of “deliberately aiding another in the taking of his own life.”

Coronation Street addresses the right to die
Feb 2, 2014

Millions of viewers in the UK tuned in to watch the final scenes of one of its most popular characters Hayley Cropper in the long running soap Coronation Street. Viewers saw Hayley, played by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, take an overdose after giving up her struggle with incurable cancer.The actress, who joined the soap in 1998 to play the Street's first transsexual and won the hearts of the nation with her on-screen romance with cafe owner Roy, played by David Neilson, has also spoken out in support of the storyline. She said it had been "a responsibility" and "a real privilege" and

Scottish Bill now in Committee
Feb 2, 2014

The Scottish bill of Margo MacDonald has been sent to a Parliamentary Committee for scrutiny. This committee is expected to send out calls for evidence within the next couple of weeks. Please keep tract of the news on this site. A special

Japan Society JSDD publishes Newsletter 152
Feb 2, 2014

Japanese Society JSDD published its 152nd Newsletter, to be read here.

Cambridge University Union Debate favours Asssited Dying Law
Feb 2, 2014

On January 16th, the Cambridge University Union (founded in 1811, now the oldest continually operating debating society in the world), voted 207 to 67 (with 54 abstentions) to legalize Assisted Dying.  Speaking in support of the motion were John Harris (Professor of Bioethics at Manchester University), Colin Brewer (retired psychiatrist, formerly on the Board of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society), and Michael Irwin

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