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On January 29, 2015 I'll See Myself Out, Thank You will appear. These essays are brought together and edited by Colin Brewer and Michael Irwin. It will be available from Amazon.com. A series of recent landmark cases have highlighted the issues surrounding assisted suicide and
Washington D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh has introduced legislation that would make physician-assisted suicide legal in the nation’s capital for individuals with a terminal illness. The bill would establish a process by which a terminally ill patient expected to live no longer than six months could request medication to end his or her life.
If the legislation is adopted, the District would join five states
The Guardian reported: The assisted dying bill proposed by former Labour lord chancellor Lord Falconer of Thoroton, aiming to give terminally ill patients the right to die is unlikely to pass through parliament before May’s general election, after a debate in the Lords only managed to address only a handful of over 150 amendments to be discussed.
During Friday’s debate
Just received the message that Truus Postma (retired GP who in 1972 applied euthanasia on the seriously ill mother died in December last year. She was picked up by the police, the villagers of Noordwolde came massively in action. Still she was prosecuted and her case (resulting in 1 week suspended sentence) in 1973 became world news.
Read an interesting article on communication around the end-of-life. When debating end-of-life care, many times these debates are limited to a "yes or no" towards assisted (aid) in dying. We tend to forget that the end-of-life starts earlier then the moment where doctors say
In a position paper from 2011, the Royal Dutch Medical Association (RDMA) ascertained that physicians must be better trained to provide guidance to patients who choose to stop eating and drinking. Today the RDMA - together with the Dutch Nurses' Association - issued a guideline to
Ole Peder Kjeldstadli, chair of the Norwegian RtD Society Foreningen Retten til en Verdig Død, commented in Dagbladet on an article by Karsten Hytten and Svein Aarseth concerning the practice of euthanasia in Norway. After explaining the differences between passive and active euthanasia, Kjelstadli says “…when the right to self-determination, in principle, is legally respected when it comes to passive euthanasia, it is in my opinion inconsistent not to respect the self-determination when there is talk of (active) euthanasia”. He continues
An opinion article (by Rob Jonquière)
The request for and announcements around the euthanasia of Belgian prisoner has released tons of publications and debates around the world. At the centre of these discussions was of course the issue whether this was the definite proof of the so much feared slippery slope, or whether it demonstrated the legal and juridical strength of the law. Summarizing
HAARETZ: The recent Tel Aviv District Court ruling allowing a patient with terminal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease) to end his life is a courageous decision. It advances the rights of an individual vis-a-vis his life and death, above and beyond the 2005 Dying Patient Law, which allows a person to refuse life-saving medical treatment only if their life expectancy is less than six months.