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Right to Die Europe reports on NGO activities
Sep 3, 2014

RtD-e representatives visited two conferences organised by the Council of Europe  for Non-Governmental Organisations. Their reports concern the visits  in January and in June this year.

Australian top executive addresses his colleagues on dying with dignity
Sep 3, 2014

Australian top executive Peter Short - recently diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer, has written a letter to his colleagues from top 300 public companies, addressing the importance of dying with dignity laws and urging them to promote the issue.

Belgian Review Committee reports euthanasia figures for 2012 and 2013
Sep 3, 2014

LaLibre.be writes:
In 2012 and 2013 3239 cases of euthanasia were reported to the Federal Evaluation and Control Commission. Since the implementation of the Act of 28 May 2002, the increase in the number of reported cases was gradual. But it "tends to escalate significantly since 2011", reports

NVVE, Dutch Righj to Die launches campaign on living wills
Sep 3, 2014

Today NVVE, Dutch Right to Die Society, launches a large national public campaign to promote the familiarity with and  use of Living Wills. The campaign is titled "Every day is a good day for your living will".

Solution to decreasing rise of euthanasia?
Aug 31, 2014

A group of Swiss and UK scientist have written a letter to the editor of The Lancet (Vol 384, issue 9938, page 127; 12 July 2014), suggesting a "solution" to decrease the rate of "euthanasia".

In a review they found that data from countries that allow both practices show that euthanasia occurs more frequently:

Interested in pro and con arguments?
Aug 20, 2014

If you are interested in arguments pro and con, especially oriented on the USA situation, a visit to the website ProCon.org can be recommended. Find the special pages on assisted dying here. 

Canadian Doctors' shift in attitude towards assited dying
Aug 20, 2014

End-of-life care is a hot topic of discussion today at the annual conference of the Canadian Medical Association. The session ended with CMA members voting overwhelmingly in favour of an advisory resolution that supports the right of all physicians, within the bonds of existing legislation, to follow their conscience when deciding whether to provide so-called “medical aid in dying.”

Article on the development of Quebec Law
Aug 20, 2014

Richard MacDonald has written a well readable article relating on the several years of diligent work being done by various entities in that Canadian province towards the new law.  Read it here.

Final Exit Network celebrates 10th anniversary
Aug 13, 2014

The Final Exit Network will be ten years old, having been founded in Chicago on August 14, 2004, by ten persons, eight of whom are still with us. It came into being as a result of the closure of the Hemlock Society USA (1980-2003).

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 3, 2014 published
Aug 3, 2014

NVVE, the Dutch RtD Society, published the 3rd issue of 2014 of RELEVANT, their quarterly magazine.

An English summary can be read here.

The Dutch version (pictures!) can be downloaded here.

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