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First steps in New Jersey: Assembly passed Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act
Oct 24, 2016

The New Jersey Assembly passed bill A 2451 ‘Aid in Dying or the Terminally Ill Act’ by a 41-28 vote with five abstentions. This act would allow people facing a terminal illness and less than six months left to live, to end their lives by taking lethal drugs prescribed by their physician. Physicians will not be prosecuted when

Excitement in Washington DC
Oct 16, 2016

On October 5, 2016 the Committee on Health and Human Services of the Council of the District of Columbia approved an important assisted dying bill. With their 3-2 markup vote, Councilmembers took a crucial step to providing District residents with more autonomy in their final days. The bill now moves to the full Council for a vote on October 18.

New Swiss member for WFRtDS: Vita Perfecta
Oct 16, 2016

Vita Perfecta is admitted as interim member of WFRtDS. Visit their website (in progress).

Dutch Government's plans for legal aid in dying in case of completed life stirs emotions
Oct 15, 2016

Health Minister Edith Schippers has written a letter to the Dutch Parliament announcing her plan to legalize assisted suicide for older people who are generally healthy but feel they have led a full life. In defence of this proposal she writes: “It is needed to address the needs of older people who do not have the possibility to continue life in a meaningful way, who are struggling with the loss of independence and reduced mobility, and who have a sense of loneliness,

SOARS renamed My Death My Decision (MDMD)
Oct 10, 2016

After extensive discussion in recent months among its members, the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide SOARS), has been renamed as My Death My Decision. MDMD has a new website In September 2015, Phil Cheatle replaced Michael Irwin as the Coordinator of SOARS - now MDMD.

Desmond Tutu (85 today) speaks out on assisted death
Oct 7, 2016

Today, on his 85th birthday, Desmond Tutu published his stance on assisted death in the Washington Post: "When my time comes, I want the option of assisted an death".

Canadian documentary ROAD TO MERCY airs on CBC (8 October 2016)
Oct 6, 2016

Toronto filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza’s documentary on assisted death, Road to Mercy, is a deep, aching, finely drawn film. It explores the issue through a series of intimate individual portraits of patients seeking assisted death, the loved ones coming to terms with their decision, and

Dying with Dignity Victoria publishes its newsletter Update no 175
Oct 5, 2016

Dying with Dignity Victoria publishes its newsletter Update no 175 (spring 2016 edition). Read it here.

Bulletin DMD Colombia nr 61 published
Sep 30, 2016

 DMD Colombia published its Bolletin no 61 (Spanish only). Read it here in PDF.

Starting difficulties with new California Death witrh Dignity law: hard implementation
Sep 30, 2016

  Waiting for “the die-medicine”
Three months after California’s Death with Dignity Act took effect on June 9, there are still ”challenges getting everyone up to speed” said spokesman, Sean Crowley. The state Department of Public Health, which will track the number of Californians who


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