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Japanese JSDD publishes its new Newsletter
Nov 18, 2014

JSDD has published its Newsletter nr 155, with news on the organizational changes and developments of legalisation. Changes concern the narrowing of the objectives to death with dignity according to living wills.

RTVD Sweden presented itself at a Fair for the elderly
Nov 18, 2014

For the first time, and as a test,  RTVD's secretary Berit Hasselmark, was present with an information stall at a Fair for the elderly and retired in Stockholm It materialized all right in September and the success can be measured from the many Swedes who discussed the issue - yes

Research publication on counselling for non-physician assisted suiced in the Netherlands
Nov 18, 2014

Martijn Hagens, VUmc researcher, published ( BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:455) the results of his cross sectional research into the practice of the counsellors cooperating with De Einder (one of the Dutch RtD Societies and member of WFRtDS). Of the 595 clients (of 12 counsellors) included in his research, 1/3 rd had no direct wish to end their life, but

Dramatic rise in Israeli living wills
Nov 18, 2014

Israelinternationalnews.com reports about a dramatic increase of Israelis having signed forms requesting permission to put an end to their own lives, 12.000 over just 740 who did so in 2013.
Currently, euthanasia, also dubbed “mercy killings”, in which a doctor or other agent puts an end to the life of a patient – usually an elderly person with a terminal

Belgian ADMD published its new Bulletin, nr 133
Oct 25, 2014

Belgian ADMD published its new Bulletin, nr 133. Read it here (in French only).

Dr Rodney Syme again questioned by police
Oct 25, 2014

ABC News reports (October 22, 2014) that Dr Rodney Syme again was questioned by the police over the death of Steve Guest, a man dying of oesophageal cancer. See our earlier publication about his confession to have prescribed Steve Guest "a sufficient quantity of Nembutal

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

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

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

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

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