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SAVES (Australia) publishes its Newsletter nr 32 - 2, July 2015
Oct 1, 2015

SAVES (Australia) publishes its Newsletter nr 32 - 2, July 2015. Read it here.

Swedish RTVD every week on the steps of the Parliament
Oct 1, 2015

 

Every week  on Thursday morning between 12-15 and 12.45, members of RTVD, the Swedish RtD Society, parade the steps of the Riksdag (Parliament) in support of the right to a dignified death.

2014 Report from Washington Death With Dignity Act published
Oct 1, 2015

The Washington State Department of Health yesterday released the 2014 annual report on the implementation of the Washington Death with Dignity Act. The figures underscore not only that only a small number of people use the law, but also that the Washington Death with Dignity Act continues to work flawlessly and provides ease of mind and relief to Washingtonians facing the end of life. In 2014, 176 terminally ill Washington residents received a prescription under the Act to help hasten their death. This is a 2% increase over

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter August 2015
Oct 1, 2015

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter August 2015. Read it here.

GINA - a documentary on suffering
Oct 1, 2015

Two young Wellington (NZ) film makers Wendell and Jeremy produced a 3-min documentary about Gina, a 45 year old woman from Wellington, who has a genetic condition. She is in hospital level care in a rest home. She has been there for 5 years, bedridden. She lives in semi darkness, cannot talk and is extremely sensitive to sound. The specialist said her prognosis is that she won't recover and she may well live a long life.
And, she is of sound mind, loves chocolate and has a delightful sense of humour.

One in ten New Zealand doctors admit assisting deaths
Oct 1, 2015

An Auckland University research, published in today's New Zealand Medical Journal, asked doctors about the last death they'd attended. Research suggests that GPs are hastening death of terminally ill patients.
Of 650 GPs who responded, 65 per cent reported they'd withdrawn treatment from a patient or alleviated pain in the probability it may hasten death; 16 per cent said they had actively withheld treatments so as not to prolong life and four per cent (16 doctors) reported prescribing a drug with the explicit purpose of hastening death.

Former UK Chief Prosecutor in favour of change of UK law
Oct 1, 2015

Sir Kier Starmer, formerly the Director of Public Prosecutions, and who is now a Labour MP, said the law "needs to be changed". He believes people must be helped to take their own lives without being forced to inconveniently travel to Switzerland in their final days. He said it is time politicians protected compassionate loved ones from prosecution by legalising assisted dying. He claimed that Crown Prosecution Service guidelines

The Farewell Party
Oct 1, 2015

The FAREWELL PARTY is a jet-black comedy about friendship and saying goodbye. A group of friends in an old people's home in Jerusalem builds a machine with which you can commit euthanasia. They want to help a friend with a dignified end to his life. But as soon as the other residents get air of the existence of this machine,  a lot more people do want to make use of it. This presents the group of friends with an emotional dilemma. A "must see". The FAREWELL PARTY

UK MP's reject law changes
Oct 1, 2015

Despite massive public support, MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. In a free vote in the Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. In a passionate debate, some argued the plans allowed a "dignified and peaceful death" while others said they were "totally unacceptable". Pro-assisted dying campaigners said the result showed

Book on end -of life decision making: Do Go Gentle
Sep 20, 2015

A Californian emergency physician writes down his experiences with the death of his father after a devastating stroke. Chris Stookey: "Though death by terminal dehydration was preferable to a drawn out death in the ICU or in a nursing home, death by dehydration was nonetheless a less than ideal way to die. My father would have preferred

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