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Victorian Government to introduce bill in second half of 2017
Dec 14, 2016

Important news from the Victorian Government.  Daniel Andrews, Victoria's PM,  announced that his Labour Government will introduce legislation into Parliament next year (2nd half 2017)  to legalise voluntary assisted dying for terminally ill people in Victoria.

Publication in JME on trajectories seeking demedicalised assistance in suicide
Dec 12, 2016

In the Netherlands, people can receive (limited) so called demedicalised assistance in suicide (DAS)—an option less well known than physician-assisted dying (PAD).  In a publication in JME, Martijn Hagens e.a. report on the results of a study to explore which trajectories people take to seek DAS (received by counsellors facilitated by foundation De Einder),

South African Supreme Court of Appeal delivered judgement in Sratnsham-Ford case
Dec 7, 2016

6 December  2016 The South African Court of Appeal set aside the High Court of Pretoria order - substantially authorising  Stransham-Ford to procure the assistance of a doctor in terminating his life. The SCA did so on three inter-related grounds.

Assisted suicide numbers on the rise in Switzerland
Dec 7, 2016

Swissinfo.ch reports: The latest numbers on assisted suicides in Switzerland show a 26% increase over the previous year. The vast majority of those who died by assisted suicide were terminally ill. The Federal Statistical Office reports that in 2014 Switzerland saw 742 cases of assisted suicide, more than 2.5 times

New campaign launched in France
Dec 5, 2016

He died 114 years ago, but would Émile Zola turn in his grave or would he be delighted instead to be deployed for the legalization of euthanasia? Imitating the famous article by the writer during the Dreyfus affair, ADMD-France is launching a new campaign to advance its cause and stigmatize the broken commitments of Governments. The visuals of the

Victorian Parliament approves Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016
Dec 4, 2016

The Victorian Parliament has last month passed the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 which will grant legal recognition of Advance Care Directives. The aim of the new law is to enable you to

December 2016 Newsletter Final Options Illinois published
Dec 4, 2016

Final Options Illinois published - by e-mail - their December 2016 Newsletter. Read it here.

November 2016 News Update Go Gentle
Dec 4, 2016

Australian Go Gentle published its November 2016 Newsletter (updating on 'progress' in South Australia). Read it here.

A first report on half a year of euthanasia in Quebec
Nov 29, 2016

Quebec’s commission on end-of-life care published its first half-year report since medical aid in dying was allowed in December 2015. 161 reports were made, of which 85 have been assessed. 76 Reports still wait assessment by the commission.

Assisted dying in the Benelux
Nov 29, 2016

A whitepaper is published by Neil Francis of Dying for Choice Australia, providing comprehensive insight into assisted dying practice in Benelux. Francis concludes that rates of assisted dying in the Netherlands and Belgium have followed an expected sigmoid curve, now beginning to level out. Several factors have contributed to

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