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NVVE, the Dutch RtD Society, published the 2nd issue of 2015 of RELEVANT, their quarterly magazine.
Albert Heringa has been cleared from charges of assisting his 99-year-old mother Moek to commit suicide. The acquittal contributes to a possible legalisation of life termination on request by a non-medical individual. The Netherlands legalized physician-assisted suicide in 2002. But Albert Heringa helped his mother die in 2008
DWD Victoria published its Summer Newsletter Update in May 2015. You can read it here.
Recently Hemlock San Diego published its May 2015 Newsletter. It can be read here (PDF).
In his post for DWD Canada's blog, Quebec nurse Nathan Friedland writes with passion about how healthcare providers in his province will soon become Canada's go-to experts on how to help patients die with dignity and in comfort. Quebec is preparing to implement Bill 52, an end-of-life care law that includes provisions for assisted dying, by the end of the year:
Unknowingly, Quebec has given doctors across the entire country an incredibly valuable teaching tool
France is one step closer to legalizing euthanasia after approving a bill that allows doctors to sedate terminally ill patients until they die. The bill stops short of recommending lethal injections and avoids the terms euthanasia or assisted suicide, but would give people 'the right to deep, continuous sedation until death'. This must be at the patient's request, but only when their condition is life-threatening in the short-term.
The proposed measure was passed by a vote of 436 to 34 in France's lower
Lecretia Seales, a 42-year old lawyer from Wellington, New Zealand), and brain tumour sufferer is bringing her case to the NZ High Court Case, asking that her doctor may be permitted to assist her to die with dignity, without fear of prosecution under the Crimes Act. The type of decision Ms Seales is seeking is known as a “Declaration” of the High Court, and is utilising (in the main) the
Disability rights campaigners who say assisted suicide policy in England and Wales is too "liberal" have won permission to bring a legal challenge. Director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders last year clarified assisted suicide guidelines, making prosecutions of health professionals less likely.
At London's High Court, Nikki and Merv Kenward argued she had "changed" policy, making it more "liberal". Judges
The German Humanist Society, together with a couple of other interested groups, organises a debate (Podiumsdiskussion) on Organized Suicide Assistance on June 3, 2015 in Berlin (see attached [German language only] flyer for details).
Speakers will include Roger Kusch (Sterbehilfe Deutschland) and Ludwig Minelli (Dignitas Deutschland).