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After the agreed Parliamentary debate on 17 November, the McFetridge Bill was sadly defeated. At 4.12 am on November 18 the debate closed in a tied vote 23:23. The Speaker cast his vote: against. He always was
DGHS, the German RtD Society published its Newsletter November 2016. Read it here. (in German only)
Last week during the United States presidential elections, a measure was voted in to allow end-of-life options in Colorado. Proposition 106 was passed overwhelmingly with more than
In these 2 years, the FCEE reported 3950 performances of euthanasia (1928 in 2014 and 2022 in 2015; an average of 165 per month), 1.8% of all deaths. In over 99% it concerned euthanasia (by injection). It strikes that since 2014 the rate per year starts to level off: was that over 14% in previous years, in 2014 and 2015 that percentage was 6.7% and 4.77%.
The South African Supreme Court of Appeal met on 4 November 2016 to hear the challenges to the Robin Stransham-Ford High Court ruling. In this ruling the High Court granted the terminally ill man a physician assisted death. He died on the day the High Court announced its ruling. After hearing arguments, the Supreme Court of Appeal reserved judgement - their decision is expected next month.
Go Gentle Australia published its October 2016 Newsletter, reporting on the progress of initiatives in South Australia and Victoria. Read it here.
Swissinfo.ch: The Swiss Federal Statistical Office reports that Switzerland saw 742 cases of assisted suicide in 2014, a 26% increase over the previous year. Assisted suicide accounted for 1.2% of all deaths in Switzerland. The vast majority of those who died by assisted suicide were terminally ill. Men and women were nearly
Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 163, in which special attention for a workshop on Living Wills in the scope of 40th anniversary - congratulations JSDD. Also A Memorial Address for Honorary Chairman, Dr. Akihiro Igata, who passed away.