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State of the art on Death with Dignity in Argentina
Oct 20, 2014

At the WF Conference in Chicago Laura Belli informed the audience about the state of the art in Argentina concerning dying with dignity.  On May 9, 2012 the Law No. 26742, known as the “Dignified Death” law was enacted (read the English version here). The public debate that led to the promulgation of the law began a year before due to two relevant cases that caught the attention of the media.

Right-to-die campaigner Jean Davies, 86, starved herself to death
Oct 19, 2014

Following our earlier publication on the passing of Jean Davies today the Sunday Times published a front page article on her death: she starved herself to death.  Four weeks into her fast, Jean Davies, 86, told The Sunday Times: “It is hell. I can’t tell you how hard it is. You wouldn’t

SAVES (South Australia) published its November 2014 Bulletin
Oct 17, 2014

SAVES (South Australia)  published its November 2014 Bulletin . You can read it here.

Adaptation in UK's prosection policy for guiding dying people
Oct 17, 2014

Until now all UK health care professionals faced a greater chance than others of being prosecuted for helping people to die because of the trust their patients placed in them. But Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said a special deterrent would now only apply to

Crowdfunding campaign for documentary on the right to die
Oct 17, 2014

The story of Peter Short – an Australian top executive – we published about some weeks ago (see Australian top executive addresses his colleagues on dying with dignity), will be made into a feature film documentary. Whilst the film will be set in Australia, it will tell a very personal story that will resonate with people around the world and

Canadian Supreme Court again to deliberate on doctor hastened death
Oct 16, 2014

CBC News reports extensively on the ‘wrenching’ debate at the Supreme Court of Canada over questions like whether starving oneself is a viable alternative to having a doctor help someone die. On October 15, 2014 the Court deliberated once again over whether the ban on doctor-hastened death should be struck down for all Canadians, and whether provinces and territories are constitutionally entitled to enact, as Quebec has done, laws permitting doctors to help patients kill themselves.The landmark case involves two B.C. women, Gloria Taylor and Kay Carter.

Off Broadway show on end-of-life issue
Oct 15, 2014

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DWD Victoria published its newsletter Update
Oct 13, 2014

DWD Victoria published its newsletter Update "spring"edition (= October) 2014. Read it here.

2013 Annual report Dutch Review Committee on euthanasia
Oct 11, 2014

The Dutch Review Committee published its 2013 Annual Report. The total number of reported cases increased to 4281 (in 2012 this was 3777). In the schemes presented below one can see that the increase occurred in all categories, and more or less in the same proportion. Only special mention must be made of the increase in situations of beginning dementia (42 -> 97) and psychiatric diagnoses (14 -> 42). The Committee signals

Article on relation Belgian Euthanasia and Palliative Care
Oct 10, 2014

The Journal Bioethic Inquiry (DOI 10.1007/s11673-014-9554-z) published an article that analyses domestic and foreign reactions to a 2008 report in the British Medical Journal on the complementary and, as argued, synergistic relationship between palliative care and euthanasia in Belgium. This paper has been rewritten as an interview with Michael A.

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