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Adaptation in UK's prosection policy for guiding dying people
Oct 17, 2014

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

Canadian Supreme Court again to deliberate on doctor hastened death
Oct 16, 2014

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.

Off Broadway show on end-of-life issue
Oct 15, 2014

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DWD Victoria published its newsletter Update
Oct 13, 2014

DWD Victoria published its newsletter Update "spring"edition (= October) 2014. Read it here.

2013 Annual report Dutch Review Committee on euthanasia
Oct 11, 2014

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

On Quebec's law
Oct 10, 2014

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.

Desmond Tutu: "I am in favour of assited dying"
Oct 10, 2014

Not only received the WFRtDS Conference a message on tape from Desmond Tutu, he also published in the scope of the UK debates on Lord Falconer's  bill an article in the Guardian. In this article he claims: "a dignified death is our right - I am in favour of assisted dying". "The manner of Nelson Mandela's prolonged death was an affront. I have spent my life working for dignity for the living.

Article on relation Belgian Euthanasia and Palliative Care
Oct 10, 2014

The Journal Bioethic Inquiry (DOI 10.1007/s11673-014-9554-z) published an article that analyses domestic and foreign reactions to a 2008 report in the British Medical Journal on the complementary and, as argued, synergistic relationship between palliative care and euthanasia in Belgium. This paper has been rewritten as an interview with Michael A.

Rectification on earlier Human Rights Court decision
Oct 10, 2014

The European Court of Human Rights has withdrawn its criticism of Switzerland's assisted suicide laws after it emerged an octogenarian who filed the initial complaint had duped both the court and her lawyer in the case.  As reported on this website some month's ago, the court called on Swiss Government to clarify assisted suicide law.

Former WF President Jean Davies (UK) passed away
Oct 10, 2014

Former President of the WFRtDS Jean Davies passed away on October1. She was member of the board from 1984 to 1990, when she became President for the period 1990-1992. After that she also acted for  a long time as President of the RtD-E. In the UK she was Chair of the (then) Voluntary Euthanasia Society UK.

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