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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.

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.

Palliative Care and Physician Aid in Dying - a Benelux experience
Feb 10, 2015

(from BioEdge; Xavier Simons) A recent paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics says ‘no’. The paper – published by a team of researchers from Belgium’s End of Life Care Research Group – compares the development of palliative care (PC) in countries where euthanasia is legal to countries where it is not. The results, they said,

Dying with Dignity Canada celebrates BC Supreme Court victory
Feb 6, 2015

Communiqué de presse en Francais disponible ici.

Dying With Dignity Canada applauds the Supreme Court’s decision (read it here) to strike down Canada’s unjust and outdated legal ban on physician assisted dying. In a judgment released on Friday morning, justices on the high court ruled the absolute ban violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and

New attempt to introduce laws to decriminalise assisted suicide in Isle of Man
Feb 3, 2015

Manx Radiop reports: Rushen Manx House of Keys member Juan Watterson will ask for political backing to introduce new laws decriminalising assisted suicide this week.In the House of Keys he’ll ask MHKs for leave to introduce new laws to allow assisted dying.It’s after a petition for redress of grievance was handed to Tywnald by Millie Blenkinsop-French last July


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