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Scottish law finally heard in Parliamentary Committee
Dec 31, 2014
Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill
Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

The Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (MSP Margo MacDonald) , according to its Summary, published on the Scottish Parliament official website "enables people with terminal or life, shortening illnesses or progressive conditions which are terminal or life-shortening and who wish to end their own lives to obtain assistance in doing so" by removing criminal and liability from those who provide such aid.

Developments in the United States
Dec 31, 2014

Developments are abundant in the United States. Here is what we see coming in the coming year:

Activity in the West

California legislators will introduce

Peter Short, Australian campaigner dies
Dec 31, 2014

The campaigner for Dying with Dignity, Peter Short of Melbourne, died yesterday, less than a year since he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer on his 57th birthday.
Earlier we have reported about the work that Peter has done for the campaign during 2014. Specifically, he has provided significant support to Senator Di Natale’s Exposure draft of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014.

UK Right to Die campaigner Deby Purdy dies
Dec 31, 2014

Right-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy, who won a landmark ruling to clarify the law on assisted suicide, has died. The 51-year-old from Bradford had lived with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) for almost 20 years. Ms Purdy  died on 23 December in London's Marie Curie Hospice.

Busy year 2014 for Dying with Dignity Canada
Dec 31, 2014

DWD Canada - on her magnificent website/blog - reviews the past year activities: 2014 - a year to remember. Read about polls, initiatives, developments  and stories.

Hurdle for New Zealand legislation initiative?
Dec 31, 2014

As reported earlier on this site, Maryan Street withdrew her Assisted Dying Bill, which was in the ballot awaiting Parliamentary debate.  Maryan Street planned to put the bill back in the ballot box at the start of the new political term after the election in 2014.  But the new Labour Party leader, Andrew Little, has given instructions to the MP who was to re-introduce

François Hollande accepts an end-of-life law without assisited suicide or euthanasiaicide assisté, ni euthanasie
Dec 31, 2014

After temporising during half of its mandate, François Hollande believes he has found a point of political balance on one of the most delicate issues between the French, supporters and opponents of euthanasia. Mr Jean Leonetti (UMP) and Alain Claeys (PS) advocating

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter December 2014
Dec 30, 2014

Final Exit Network used their December 2014 Newsletter to report on two major issues: the 'fight" between Hemlock San Diego and AARP (a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives) on the refusal of the latter to have Hemlock setting up an information stand. And - secondly -  an extensive report on the Chicago Conference. Read it here.

Film "37: A Final Promise"
Dec 30, 2014

The film 37: A Final Promise is a dramatic depiction of a real-life romance with a tragic twist. Members of the WFRtDS can view the film on Vimeo on Demand for a discount:  $3.99. Visit the special website here.
The film takes the debate a step further, suggesting that a person facing a terminal illness should be empowered to make the ultimate decision about her own body

The Right to Die: using euphemisms or 'language of war'?
Dec 29, 2014

In all debates around the world about the Right to Die, wordings and use of definitions cause misunderstandings. Paula Span wrote an article (NY Times, April 2014) on "Language of War", being (mis)used when describing end of life situations.  Canadian Doctor Stephen Workman

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