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WF Newsletter June 2015 published, read it here.
The German DGHS invites you to attend the international debate (Podiumsdiskussion) in Berlin on June 20, 2015. Simultaneous translation available. See the flyer here.
(From New York Times): A Dutch appeals court on Wednesday cleared a man of any criminal responsibility for helping his 99-year-old mother take her own life — a case that aimed to create precedents for assisting suicide in a country where euthanasia already is legal under certain circumstances. Judges in the city of Arnhem said Albert Heringa should not be prosecuted for helping his mother die in 2008 by giving her enough pills for a fatal overdose. In a written verdict, the appeals court said Heringa had to decide between obeying the law against assisting suicide and his "unwritten moral duty" to help his mother achieve her wish for "a painless, peaceful and dignified death." Heringa "could not
Doctors, politicians and lawyers have come out swinging after a controversial urologist saw his invitation to speak at a prestigious national medical event rescinded.Dr Rodney Syme was set to headline a plenary session and "end of life" panel discussion at the annual conference of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians later this month, but has been "uninvited" from the Cairns event.It was revealed last week that Dr Syme publicly handed lethal illegal medication to a terminal cancer victim, Mr Ray Godbold of Inverloch. The exchange of the drug Nembutal – commonly used by vets to euthanise pets – was an act of defiance meant to draw attention to the "right to die" issue.
(The Guardian) MSPs vote 82-36 against bill that proposed those with terminal illnesses could seek help of doctor to end their lives, after deeply personal debate The Scottish parliament has voted to reject legislation on assisted dying following a heartfelt and at times deeply personal debate on Wednesday, carried out in the shadow of the late MSP Margo MacDonald, who initiated the bill before her death last year. MSPs voted by 82 to 36 against the general principles of the assisted suicide (Scotland) bill. It had proposed that those with
(from Death with Dignity National Center): In California, where a bill is inching closer to the Senate floor, two major developments nudged the proposed End of Life Option Act closer to passage.
First, the California Medical Association has removed its opposition to physician-assisted dying and is now neutral on SB 128, End of Life Option Act, which our experts helped craft and shepherd through an amendment process and Committee hearings (read the CMA's full press release). With this move, the CMA became the first state medical association in the U.S. to change its position on the issue, which helps pave the way to a success on the Senate floor.
The importance of this development cannot be understated.
Euthanasia in International and Comparative Perspective, edited by Marc Groenhuijsen and Floris van Laanen, has been reviewed by Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Professor and Chair in Politics, at Hull University. Although the book originally was published in 2006, the discussion brought forward in this review by Cohen-Almagor is usefull reading. Download PDF here.