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In these 2 years, the FCEE reported 3950 performances of euthanasia (1928 in 2014 and 2022 in 2015; an average of 165 per month), 1.8% of all deaths. In over 99% it concerned euthanasia (by injection). It strikes that since 2014 the rate per year starts to level off: was that over 14% in previous years, in 2014 and 2015 that percentage was 6.7% and 4.77%.
The South African Supreme Court of Appeal met on 4 November 2016 to hear the challenges to the Robin Stransham-Ford High Court ruling. In this ruling the High Court granted the terminally ill man a physician assisted death. He died on the day the High Court announced its ruling. After hearing arguments, the Supreme Court of Appeal reserved judgement - their decision is expected next month.
Go Gentle Australia published its October 2016 Newsletter, reporting on the progress of initiatives in South Australia and Victoria. Read it here.
Swissinfo.ch: The Swiss Federal Statistical Office reports that Switzerland saw 742 cases of assisted suicide in 2014, a 26% increase over the previous year. Assisted suicide accounted for 1.2% of all deaths in Switzerland. The vast majority of those who died by assisted suicide were terminally ill. Men and women were nearly
Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 163, in which special attention for a workshop on Living Wills in the scope of 40th anniversary - congratulations JSDD. Also A Memorial Address for Honorary Chairman, Dr. Akihiro Igata, who passed away.
WFRtDS President Sean Davison sent out a a media release (see below) about Wellington (NZ) police that may have used an alcohol checkpoint to gather information about elderly women attending euthanasia meetings. The women had been attending an Exit International meeting on a Sunday afternoon early this month in the Lower Hutt suburb of Maungaraki. As they left, about 4pm, all
The New Jersey Assembly passed bill A 2451 ‘Aid in Dying or the Terminally Ill Act’ by a 41-28 vote with five abstentions. This act would allow people facing a terminal illness and less than six months left to live, to end their lives by taking lethal drugs prescribed by their physician. Physicians will not be prosecuted when
On October 19 the South-Australian Parliament debated a new Death with Dignity Bill presented by Liberal MP Duncan McFetridge. The planned next stage debate on the original VE Bill 2016 from Labour MP Steph Key was - with her consent - postponed to the end of this year (possibly 1 December): her bill is NOT withdrawn.