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from Dignity in Dying's Blog:
Following almost 10 hours of debate last Friday July 18, Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill passed its first major hurdle, a Second Reading.
To become law a Bill has to pass a number of stages (in both Houses of Parliament):
Two non-profit associations, the AFDMD of Spain, which is dedicated to the defense of the rights of dignified death, and GUTTA CAVAT, specialized in film-making, are collaborating to bring this project to life. With this documentary we want to break the taboo surrounding death, raising a constructive debate about legislation and regulations in regards to euthanasia and assisted suicide.
BBC News reports today: Opening the debate in a full house , Lord Falconer told peers that the current legal situation permitted the wealthy to travel abroad to take their own life while others were left "in despair" to suffer a "lonely, cruel death". About 130 peers have requested to speak in a debate on the subject, which started shortly after 10:00 BST. Lord Falconer
Excitement around Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill in UK rises, as tomorrow Friday July 18 the bill will have its second reading in the House of Lords. In the a-foregoing period a number of relevant individuals have either publicly again affirmed their position in favour or even admitted to have changed their opinion, like Desmond Tutu and former Archbishop Lord Carey. Read about their motives here:
From Reuters news agency on 25 June 2014 (Tom Heneghan): Three European courts stepped carefully around delicate end-of-life issues on Wednesday, with one rejecting assisted suicide, another delaying it and a third acquitting a doctor from charges he murdered dying patients.
The varied rulings by Britain's Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and a regional French court
Rodney Syme, DWD Victoria´s vice president and member of the WFRtDS Board 2012/2014 published an article in Australian The Saturday Paper titled The Language of Euthanasia (reading recommended! RJ) , especially when realizing that words – how we use and interpret them – are the essence of our understanding of complex human issues, such as euthanasia and (assisted) suicide.
During his time in London, England, former daily newspaper journalist Scott Nelson spent three years (1995 to 1998) living with and caring for several elderly people suffering from advanced dementia. Now, Scott has self-published The Carer, a short e-novel based on his time working in that role. Read the press release here and how to get a copy.
Matin Dimanche, the magazine of EXIT Suisse Romande, in its Sunday June 29 2014 edition, wrote about the testimony of catholic sister Marie-Rose in support of EXIT and its objectives: in her provisions for the end of life, sister Marie-Rose is considering, according to the circumstances, the resort to
Breaking ranks with the medical establishment, it has issued an outspoken editorial backing a bill tabled by the former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer which would open the way for a form of assisted suicide in the UK. It argues that “respect for autonomy” – rather than