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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
The Guardian reports: On the same day that the UK supreme court dismissed an argument that doctors in the UK should escape prosecution if they help patients end their lives, a doctor in France who gave lethal injections to seven terminally ill people was cleared of wrongdoing. Nicolas Bonnemaison
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
The 17 judges of the French Council of State (France's highest court) have ruled in the long dragging case of Vincent Lambert: doctors are allowed to arrest the treatment of Vincent Lambert, a man already 6 years in a permanent vegetative coma. This will certainly mean Vincent Lambert will die. The implementation of the verdict has to wait for the considerations by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where the parents of Vincent have appealed. This ruling from the ECHR - although put high on a priority list - can take many months, if not a year.
UK's Supreme Court ruling in the Nicklinson and Lamb cases has been causing clarity in the eyes of one and giving thoughts as to the parliamentary progress made in the scope of dealing with Lord Falconers Bill, currently waiting for debate in the House of Lords
Justices ruled against Paul Lamb and Jane Nicklinson
A poll held amongst 1,005 doctors (research done by MedeConnect HealthCare Insight) resulted in a growing support for legal change in GP's: 40% in favour, 32% against and 28% undecided. Remarkable is also that two thirds said the BMA and the Royal Colleges (until now opposed!) should change their stance to neutral.
(from Times of London, June 16, 2014)
Senator Richard di Natale of Victoria, tabled a Draft Bill in the Senate in Canberra, regarding dying with dignity.
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. Interested?? Visit his website www.admd.co here and let him know.
Elke Baezner, president of the German Right to Die Soceity DGHS, has been attacked when in a meeting. The attacker threw butter acid at her and a colleague, causing skin and eye injuries. After treatment in hospital she could go home to recover. She said:
70 year old Margo MacDonald, godmother of two Assisted Suicide Bills in Scotland, was suffering of Parkinsons' disease. As Independent MSP in the Scottish Parliament since 1999, she was known for her high-profile campaigns, including legalising assisted suicide in Scotland.