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Until now all UK health care professionals faced a greater chance than others of being prosecuted for helping people to die because of the trust their patients placed in them. But Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said a special deterrent would now only apply to
CBC News reports extensively on the ‘wrenching’ debate at the Supreme Court of Canada over questions like whether starving oneself is a viable alternative to having a doctor help someone die. On October 15, 2014 the Court deliberated once again over whether the ban on doctor-hastened death should be struck down for all Canadians, and whether provinces and territories are constitutionally entitled to enact, as Quebec has done, laws permitting doctors to help patients kill themselves.The landmark case involves two B.C. women, Gloria Taylor and Kay Carter.
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INNER VOICES 2014 is a double bill of two new works commissioned by PREMIERES. The show is a music theatre double bill featuring two new music theatre jewels, Grace and The Other Room. The dramatic musical monologues blend into a rare and intimate evening of storytelling. The Other Room (by Campbell & Michelson and starring Phoebe Strole) - Lena reflects on her profound love for her friend Steve when he becomes seriously ill and has decided
DWD Victoria published its newsletter Update "spring"edition (= October) 2014. Read it here.
The Dutch Review Committee published its 2013 Annual Report. The total number of reported cases increased to 4829 (in 2012 this was 4188). In the schemes presented below one can see that the increase occurred in all categories, and more or less in the same proportion. Only special mention must be made of the increase in situations of beginning dementia (42 -> 97) and psychiatric diagnoses (14 -> 42). The Committee signals
ADMD Belgium published its July 2014 Bulletin (nr 132); read it here (French language).
DWD Canada reported on the latest Ipsos-Reid Survey: it is the most comprehensive Canadian survey ever undertaken on the public’s perception of dying with dignity . With clear, neutral language and a sample size of 2500 Canadians.Some results:
De Einder (Dutch RtD Society) publishes its annual report 2013. This report shows an increase in numbers of clients who seek information: 472 in 2013 (in 2012: 310). Not all of those clients "use" the information to terminate their life immediately: only 14% (n=66) die after the information received from the counsellors. Most are > 65 years old, there are more women than men and the average number of contacts was 6 per client.
Recently new WFRtDS member Death with Dignity National Center published its fall 2014 Dignity Report. Read it here.
In the aftermath of the legalisation in Quebec, and in the scope of the WF Conference in Chicago, Veronique Hivon, "godmother" of the Quebce Law, gave an interview on radio.