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Dignitas' rebuttal on BMJE article on Swiss Suicide Tourism
May 1, 2015

On 20 August 2014, the British Journal of Medical Ethics (BJME) published online the paper “Suicide tourism: a pilot study on the Swiss phenomenon” by Saskia Gauthier, Julian Mausbach, Thomas Reisch and Christine Bartsch. Find here an abstract.
In an article Dignitas, on behalf of five other Swiss RtD Societies, analysed the study . It has many omissions

Dick Coté - author of a number of books on end-of-life developments - died
Apr 30, 2015

Writer and photographer Richard N. Cote died at home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on February 10 at the age of 69. Derek Humphry writes in his obituary:

"Dick — as he was known to everybody — was in good general health. He fell down the stairs

Canadian Medical Association changes its stance
Apr 30, 2015

Until the Supreme Court ruling on 6 February, it seemed likely that the Canadian Federal government would seek to overturn the legislation under federal criminal law.
The Supreme Court decision will now make that difficult. The government said it will take its time in considering how to respond.

Interested in joning a Facebook Seminar?
Apr 30, 2015

James Leonard Park, an active US advocate for the right to die, moderates a Facebook Seminar on Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions. People from all over the world are welcome to join our discussions of this new book on the right-to-die, which is available free-of-charge on the Internet. 

To participate click here (Facebook account needed)

 
Numbers of Dutch Life End Clinic (SLK) 2014 published
Apr 30, 2015

In 2014, the Levenseindekliniek (SLK) in The Hague received 1035 requests for euthanasia, up from 749 in 2013. Of the 1035, 232 people were actually given euthanasia (up by 98 from 2013.
The organisation believes the remarkable increase to be the result of increased publicity.
Most of the 232 people given euthanasia by the SLK last year

Luxembourg euthanasia report finds no abuses of the law
Apr 30, 2015

A report presented on April 22 2015 said that 15 people were euthanised in Luxembourg during the two-year period from 2013 to 2014. A majority of procedures was carried out at hospitals, while three patients died at their retirement homes and one person was euthanised at home. Only patients with no chance of recovery can seek authorisation for euthanasia.

In most cases, the patients

Groundshifting verdict in South African Court
Apr 30, 2015

Breaking News (April 30, 2015) Today the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted an order allowing a terminally ill man to end his own life and if he has a doctor helping, the doctor will not be prosecuted or disciplined. It is a first in South Africa, and the State intends to appeal it because it affects its prosecuting authority's ability to prosecute.

Colombia 9th country to - finally - legalise the Right to Die
Apr 30, 2015

An 18-year wait came to an end on Monday, April 20, when Health Ministry authorities presented guidelines for Colombian doctors to perform euthanasia. The Constitutional Court ordered them to set the protocols in a February decision, after declaring the practice legal all the way back in 1997.

Euthanasia has been in legal limbo in Columbia since a decision by its Constitutional Court in 1997

2014 Oregon Annual Report published
Apr 15, 2015

A total of 155 terminally-ill adult Oregonians received a prescription for medications under the provisions of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act in 2014, while 105 of them (67.7%) ingested the medications to die peacefully. This corresponds to 31 Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) deaths per 10,000 total deaths, or 0.3%.

Other highlights from the 2014 Annual Report:

12th biennial RtD-Europe meeting in Berlin, June 20-22, 2015
Feb 12, 2015

The 12th Biennal RtDE meeting will be held in Berlin June 20-22, 2015 and will be organised by DGHS - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Humanes Sterben. For information visit the RTD-Europe website.

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