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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.
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
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
Associazone Luca Coscione produced a video in which Italian citizens apeal to members of the Italian Parliament to - at least! - table a parliamentary debate on the Euthanasia Law deposited already in September 2013 (!). See the video (English subtitles available) by clicking here.
Although no legalisation of any form of aid in dying is tabled, the Bundestag started a debate on euthanasia recently. Five caucuses have developed on the issue, mostly crossing party lines. Some want to tighten rules against euthanasia, and others to legalize it as Belgium and the Netherlands have done.
On November 2, 2014 ADMD-France organised their 7th World Right to Die Day in 100 (!) locations in France. New Zealand joined the initiative with their Kapiti-Horowhenua Branch. They celebrated one day earlier on November 1 with a stall, expecting better public attention on that day, the day Brittany Maynard chose to die. More pictures.
Lord Carlisle QC and Baroness Butler-Sloss, former head of the High Court Family Division, both vocal critics of the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill, called for judicial safeguards to prevent vulnerable people being pressurised to end their life. The House of Lords unanimously backed key amendments giving a High Court judge a role in any future system of assisted suicide in the UK, during detailed scrutiny of Lord Falconer's proposals. It was the first time Parliament has voted on the bill and was hailed by campaigners
DWD NSW (Australia) publishes its 'summer' 2014-2015 Newsletter, nr 130 to be downloaded here. . It reflects the great media attention that the Australian Dying with Dignity campaign has attracted in the last few weeks, especially with the release of the Senate Committee’s report on the Federal DWD Exposure Draft Bill.
RTVD Sweden published its newsletter, the “Bulletin No 77” in October 2014. The text is in Swedish but is published here for those Swedes abroad who may happen to read this. The main article, starting page 1, is a comprehensive report on the WF Congress in Chicago September 2014. Another article deals with our well known - to all of us - difficulties in trying to get space in newspapers about the fact that people suffer in connection with dying.