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Petition (9000 signatures) asking for legalisation in New Zealand presented
Jul 14, 2015

End-of-Life Choice VES New Zealand has been gathering signatures on a petition to the Parliament to legalise assisted dying. Since the start in March 9000 individuals signed the petition presented by Maryan Street (one of the initiators of NZ Bill) and matt Vickers (husband of late Lecretia Seales) to the NZ Parliament. See the report of it here.

Colombia's first legal euthanasia performed
Jul 12, 2015

On July 3, 2015 the first "legal" euthanasia was performed in the city of Pereira; a male patient suffering from cancer in his face asked for the procedure on the basis of unbearable pain and suffering, and was authorized according with Health Ministry regulations issued a few weeks ago.

Study and Report on finding alternative wording for suicide
Jul 12, 2015

An ad hoc group of men and women who are involved in the right-to-die movement grew out of the biannual meeting of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies held in Chicago, U.S.A., September 18-20, 2014. Near the end of the conference Bill Simmons (Hemlock Society of San Diego) asked for volunteers to work with him to find a substitute for the word “suicide” when applied to people exercising their “Right to Die” (RtD) when

Dying with Dignity Victoria Newsletter Update Issue 170 July 2015
Jul 12, 2015

Dying with Dignity Victoria publishes its Newsletter Update of July 2015 (nr 170). In it amongst others news on a parliamentary committee investigation of the need to allow citizens to make their own end-of-life choices, with a report no later than 31 May 2016. You can read it here.

RELICS, a short film on assisted dying
Jul 12, 2015

After a year of festivals, just now the film Relics has been released on line. Relics is a short film about a salesman who tries to sell his miraculous cleaning machine to a sick woman and her skeptical daughter, on the day that the woman asked her daughter to help her end her own life. It's a comedy! Sort of...

French Senate rejected the bill on the end of life
Jul 12, 2015

France’s debate over end-of-life care goes to the Senate, with a bill that would allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, but stops short of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. The new bill would give people “the right to

The Economist’s cover story on assisted dying
Jul 12, 2015

Cory Ruf (DWD Canada) wrote an excellent blog on the Economist Issue (read it  here):

The magazine has devoted impressive space, including the cover, to the legalization of assisted dying, which is being considered in the U.K. The issue boasts a 4,400-word feature article documenting the recent rise in support for physician assisted dying in Western countries. Here are five points worth noting:

SAVES (Australia) publishes its Newsletter nr 16
Jul 12, 2015

In its Newsletter nr 16 (read it here) SAVES Australia writes about a possible changing attitude regarding end of life criteria. Would no longer a terminal illness be in the centre, but instead would it not be better to focus on suffering (unbearable and hopeless)?

Hemlock of Illinois changes its name: Final Options llinois
Jul 12, 2015

Hemlock of Illinois has changed its name to Final Options Illinois. A message from their President Ed Gogol can be found here. Final Options Illinois is now registered on the WF website as non-member organisation

DGHS - Deutsche Right to Die Organisation - publishes Newsletter nr 3-2015
Jul 12, 2015

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Humanes Sterben - DGHS -  published its Newsletter nr 3 of this year. An English summary can be seen here, the German Magazine here.

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