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Busy year 2014 for Dying with Dignity Canada
Dec 31, 2014

DWD Canada - on her magnificent website/blog - reviews the past year activities: 2014 - a year to remember. Read about polls, initiatives, developments  and stories.

Hurdle for New Zealand legislation initiative?
Dec 31, 2014

As reported earlier on this site, Maryan Street withdrew her Assisted Dying Bill, which was in the ballot awaiting Parliamentary debate.  Maryan Street planned to put the bill back in the ballot box at the start of the new political term after the election in 2014.  But the new Labour Party leader, Andrew Little, has given instructions to the MP who was to re-introduce

François Hollande accepts an end-of-life law without assisited suicide or euthanasiaicide assisté, ni euthanasie
Dec 31, 2014

After temporising during half of its mandate, François Hollande believes he has found a point of political balance on one of the most delicate issues between the French, supporters and opponents of euthanasia. Mr Jean Leonetti (UMP) and Alain Claeys (PS) advocating

German Ethics Council speaks up: a blow to a cross-party initiative
Dec 31, 2014

Council members agreed with the Federal Medical Council (Bundesärztekammer) that doctors should not routinely be asked to help patients commit suicide. But they argued that in “exceptional circumstances”, decisions of conscience by a doctor in the context of a “trusting doctor-patient relationship” should be respected.  The decision is a blow to a cross-party initiative

Scottish law finally heard in Parliamentary Committee
Dec 31, 2014
Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill
Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

The Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (MSP Margo MacDonald) , according to its Summary, published on the Scottish Parliament official website "enables people with terminal or life, shortening illnesses or progressive conditions which are terminal or life-shortening and who wish to end their own lives to obtain assistance in doing so" by removing criminal and liability from those who provide such aid.

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter December 2014
Dec 30, 2014

Final Exit Network used their December 2014 Newsletter to report on two major issues: the 'fight" between Hemlock San Diego and AARP (a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives) on the refusal of the latter to have Hemlock setting up an information stand. And - secondly -  an extensive report on the Chicago Conference. Read it here.

Film "37: A Final Promise"
Dec 30, 2014

The film 37: A Final Promise is a dramatic depiction of a real-life romance with a tragic twist. Members of the WFRtDS can view the film on Vimeo on Demand for a discount:  $3.99. Visit the special website here.
The film takes the debate a step further, suggesting that a person facing a terminal illness should be empowered to make the ultimate decision about her own body

Debate in Germany's Bundestag on euthanasia
Dec 29, 2014

Although no legalisation of any form of aid in dying is tabled, the Bundestag started a debate on euthanasia recently. Five caucuses have developed on the issue, mostly crossing party lines. Some want to tighten rules against euthanasia, and others to legalize it as Belgium and the Netherlands have done.
Germany currently

The Right to Die: using euphemisms or 'language of war'?
Dec 29, 2014

In all debates around the world about the Right to Die, wordings and use of definitions cause misunderstandings. Paula Span wrote an article (NY Times, April 2014) on "Language of War", being (mis)used when describing end of life situations.  Canadian Doctor Stephen Workman

Italian campaign on Euthanasia in Parliament
Dec 29, 2014

Associazone Luca Coscione produced a video in which Italian citizens apeal to members of the Italian Parliament to - at least! -  table a parliamentary debate on the Euthanasia Law deposited already in September 2013 (!). See the video (English subtitles available) by clicking here.

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