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Author Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66
May 1, 2015

Sir Terry, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and has previously campaigned in favour of assisted dying , passed away at home with his family by his side. The author had succumbed to a chest infection earlier this year, which gradually worsened. He passed away on March 12th. His publishers confirmed it was the result of natural causes rather than the assisted suicide he had campaigned for.

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter March 2015
May 1, 2015

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter March 2015, read it here.

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 157
May 1, 2015

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 157. Find an English excerpt here.

Dignitas' rebuttal on BMJE article on Swiss Suicide Tourism
May 1, 2015

On 20 August 2014, the British Journal of Medical Ethics (BJME) published online the paper “Suicide tourism: a pilot study on the Swiss phenomenon” by Saskia Gauthier, Julian Mausbach, Thomas Reisch and Christine Bartsch. Find here an abstract.
In an article Dignitas, on behalf of five other Swiss RtD Societies, analysed the study . It has many omissions

Colombia 9th country to - finally - legalise the Right to Die
Apr 30, 2015

An 18-year wait came to an end on Monday, April 20, when Health Ministry authorities presented guidelines for Colombian doctors to perform euthanasia. The Constitutional Court ordered them to set the protocols in a February decision, after declaring the practice legal all the way back in 1997.

Euthanasia has been in legal limbo in Columbia since a decision by its Constitutional Court in 1997

Dick Coté - author of a number of books on end-of-life developments - died
Apr 30, 2015

Writer and photographer Richard N. Cote died at home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on February 10 at the age of 69. Derek Humphry writes in his obituary:

"Dick — as he was known to everybody — was in good general health. He fell down the stairs

Canadian Medical Association changes its stance
Apr 30, 2015

Until the Supreme Court ruling on 6 February, it seemed likely that the Canadian Federal government would seek to overturn the legislation under federal criminal law.
The Supreme Court decision will now make that difficult. The government said it will take its time in considering how to respond.

Interested in joning a Facebook Seminar?
Apr 30, 2015

James Leonard Park, an active US advocate for the right to die, moderates a Facebook Seminar on Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions. People from all over the world are welcome to join our discussions of this new book on the right-to-die, which is available free-of-charge on the Internet. 

To participate click here (Facebook account needed)

 
Numbers of Dutch Life End Clinic (SLK) 2014 published
Apr 30, 2015

In 2014, the Levenseindekliniek (SLK) in The Hague received 1035 requests for euthanasia, up from 749 in 2013. Of the 1035, 232 people were actually given euthanasia (up by 98 from 2013.
The organisation believes the remarkable increase to be the result of increased publicity.
Most of the 232 people given euthanasia by the SLK last year

Luxembourg euthanasia report finds no abuses of the law
Apr 30, 2015

A report presented on April 22 2015 said that 15 people were euthanised in Luxembourg during the two-year period from 2013 to 2014. A majority of procedures was carried out at hospitals, while three patients died at their retirement homes and one person was euthanised at home. Only patients with no chance of recovery can seek authorisation for euthanasia.

In most cases, the patients

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