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According to a WCAX.com report (Kyle Midura) 1 year aftyer the Vermont Governor signed a measure allowing terminally ill Vermonters to take a fatal prescription, so far only two have filled prescriptions for medication to end their lifes. Both died ultimately of natural causes.
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.
From GlobalPost.com: Swiss assisted suicide group Exit A.D.M.D., a group that provides assisted suicide in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, has expanded its services to help elderly patients who are sick but not terminally ill end their lives.
The group's larger sister organisation Exit DS, which operates in the German and Italian speaking parts of the country, is planning to follow suit in a few days.
Our Pub-Med editor John Willoughby reported: "There have been many articles of interest since September 2013 - and I apologise for the length of the list. Even so, there were other articles that could have been included. There a a couple of abstracts that I wanted to follow up by reading the primary article, but to which I could not find access. Read the abstracts here.
DWD Victoria publishes its Newsletter Update May 2014, to be read here.
Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 153. You can read the English summary here.
From Associated Press: More than 100 people died in Washington last year after requesting and taking a lethal prescription through Washington's Death with Dignity law, the state's Department of Health reported Wednesday. The youngest was 29,
In a lengthy story in The Age National, Julia Medew interviewed dr Rodney Syme, urologist, right to die campaigner and member of the Board of WFRtDS: "For nine years, Dr Rodney Syme has kept his silence about the lethal drug he gave to a dying man. Now he is speaking out and prepared to face the legal consequences."
Arutz Sheva (Israel s national news) reported 25 May 2014: Today (Sunday) Israel's Legislative Cabinet will deliberate a proposal made by MK Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid) (see earlier website publication), according to which doctors would be able to help terminally ill patients end their own lives. If finally approved in the Knesset, a terminally ill patient desiring euthanasia would be required to state his intents twice two weeks apart, in the presence of two witnesses. The Bill is based
Hëlène Bolduc from AQDMD reported from Quebec: : In an historic 94 to 22 vote at the National Assembly of Quebec, Bill 52 - An Act Respecting End of Life Care passed into law at 4:14 pm on June 5, 2014.
This is the first time in North America that medical aid to die becomes an option for adult citizens of Quebec who are capable of giving their informed consent, and who are