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The UK Telegraph (John Bingham and James Kirkup) reported: "the legislation of assisted suicide has moved a significant step close after the government made clear that it would not stand in way change law.Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs and peers – including Coalition ministers – will be given a free vote on a Bill that would enable doctors to help terminally ill patients to die. The proposed legislation will come before Parliament in the next few months."
VES South Africa published its February 2014 Newsletter on the developments there.
King Philippe signed the law which aims to extend the legal framework allowing euthanasia, under certain conditions, to minors. A psychologist will have to ascertain the capacity of discernment of the minor. Only terminally ill minors facing unbearable and hopeless physical suffering can - supervised by a medical team - and with parental consent only, benefit from this new law, if they ask for the termination of their life. Belgium is the first country to
Volker Kauder (CDU) has announced his plan to propose a new Assisted Dying Bill in the fall of this year. This new Bill will further restrict the possibilities for legal assistance with suicide (now legal in Germany!) by explicitly make not only assistance "with profit", but also assistance by a RtD organisation ilegal. Under the leadership of lawyer (and Bundestagabgeordente) Ingrid Matthäus-Mayer a coalition to oppose this initiative has formed with the following
An English campaigner considers forming a voluntary euthanasia campaigning body for those who are incurably mentally ill. Such a society - oriented on a specific end-of-life issue like dementia and not on a single country or jurisdiction - might, if successful in acquiring sufficient supporters, wish to apply for membership of the WFRtDS. The campaigner asks for signatures using an on-line petition blog he started in 2010. Interested?? Visit this blog by clicking here.
Actress Valeria Golino (Rain Man, Respiro) makes her debut as a director with Miele, a powerful drama that screened to great acclaim at the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals. A trailer can be seen here. For a synopsis click here. The film will be screened in a number of US States, see release information.
The credits of the film are:
Libera Uscita, Italy, published its newsletter Il Punto nr 116, February 2014 (Italian only). Read it here.
Vincent Lambert – a young man since 5 years in coma after a traffic accident – has become the centre of an heated debate on end-of-life decisions in France. His wife and the medical team decided, completely in accordance with the Leonetti Law and thus legally, to let him die. However his parents – fierce Catholics – did not agree and decided to have him kept alive. Even the court has ordered for him to be resuscitated.
A Swiss team of researchers - in the scope of the Swiss National Cohort Study - lead by Matthias Egger from Bern published in the International Journal of Epidemiology of January 2014 the results of their examination of socio-economic factors associated with assisted suicide. In this study they linked the suicides assisted by right-to-die associations during 2003–08 to a census-based longitudinal study of the Swiss population.
Key conclusions were: