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Brittany Maynard, the "face for aid in dying"
Dec 9, 2014

Brittany Maynard had been married for only a year when she was diagnosed in January with brain cancer. Her doctors at first thought she might live for ten years, but in April determined that her cancer was much more aggressive than they initially thought. Her cancer, glioblastoma

WFRtDS Newsletter December 2014 is out!
Dec 3, 2014

Faye Girsh, editor of the WF Newsletter, has produced a fantastic WF Newsletter with extensive reporting on the Chicago Congress, with lots of

Quebec law: five years ago today
Dec 3, 2014

Today, December 3, it was five years ago that the first steps towards Québec's aid in dying law were set. In an article in  Le Soleil, Yvon Bureau and Ghislain Leblond write about these  delightful days. The creation (unanimous!) of a Commission by the Québec government finally lead to the law. As they write:

French Ethical Committee produces comprehensive report on death and dying
Nov 29, 2014

The French National Advisory Council of Ethics (CCNE) has published a voluminous report on the end of life in October. The report found consensus on the issue of the wishes of the person, the urgency of improvements of conditions of support for the end-of-life by the health system, of the imperative obligation of the treatment of pain. In contrast, the CCNE observed

Research publication on counselling for non-physician assisted suiced in the Netherlands
Nov 18, 2014

Martijn Hagens, VUmc researcher, published ( BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:455) the results of his cross sectional research into the practice of the counsellors cooperating with De Einder (one of the Dutch RtD Societies and member of WFRtDS). Of the 595 clients (of 12 counsellors) included in his research, 1/3 rd had no direct wish to end their life, but

Dramatic rise in Israeli living wills
Nov 18, 2014

Israelinternationalnews.com reports about a dramatic increase of Israelis having signed forms requesting permission to put an end to their own lives, 12.000 over just 740 who did so in 2013.
Currently, euthanasia, also dubbed “mercy killings”, in which a doctor or other agent puts an end to the life of a patient – usually an elderly person with a terminal

Japanese JSDD publishes its new Newsletter
Nov 18, 2014

JSDD has published its Newsletter nr 155, with news on the organizational changes and developments of legalisation. Changes concern the narrowing of the objectives to death with dignity according to living wills.

RTVD Sweden presented itself at a Fair for the elderly
Nov 18, 2014

For the first time, and as a test,  RTVD's secretary Berit Hasselmark, was present with an information stall at a Fair for the elderly and retired in Stockholm It materialized all right in September and the success can be measured from the many Swedes who discussed the issue - yes

Belgian ADMD published its new Bulletin, nr 133
Oct 25, 2014

Belgian ADMD published its new Bulletin, nr 133. Read it here (in French only).

Dr Rodney Syme again questioned by police
Oct 25, 2014

ABC News reports (October 22, 2014) that Dr Rodney Syme again was questioned by the police over the death of Steve Guest, a man dying of oesophageal cancer. See our earlier publication about his confession to have prescribed Steve Guest "a sufficient quantity of Nembutal

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