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The Vermont lawmakers heard more than seven hours of testimony about Death with Dignity last week by both supporters and opponents. Hearings began with the the Senate Health and Welfare Committee members listening to testimony by supporters including former Governor Madeleine Kunin and Attorney General William Sorrell about why a Death with Dignity law should be enacted in the state.
In a press release AQDMD’s President Helène Bolduc reports:
AQDMD brings an end to its involvement in Ginette Leblanc’s court case.
Mrs. Ginette Leblanc has died. Members of the Quebec Association for the Right to Die with Dignity – AQDMD will fondly remember her and her loved ones’ constant support.
New guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC) for the first time make clear that doctors will be able to provide medical records to patients who want them to travel abroad for an assisted suicide without being struck off: handing over records to patients who then use them to take their own life is “too distant” from encouraging a suicide to risk their fitness to practise being called into question.
Read here the most recent Final Exit Network's Newsletter Winter 2012-2013.
Oregon's Public Health Division recently issued their 15th annual report, and consistent with all previous years, the data continue to show the law works the way it's intended: rarely used, but providing comfort to countless individuals who know they have options at the end of their lives.
Some quick facts about the usage of Oregon's law in 2012:
The Bill criminalizing commercial (a compromise from the governing coalition) assistance with suicide, on which Merkel's cabinet already reached an agreement, will not make it to the Parliament (Bundestag) as originally foreseen for the end of January. The debate has been postponed for an unidentified time. This implies that - for the time being and in cases of voluntary or terminal conditions - assisted suicide, contrary to wide spread misconceptions, will stay legal in Germany for anybody (doctors included!).
Dutch researchers from VUmc Amsterdam (and other Universities) report on some results from their extensive research into the concept of "dignity" and the relationship with end-of-life decisions and advanced care planning. An instrument to measure factors that might influence was developed: see the original article in Journal of Palliative Medicine, Volume 14, number 5, 2011, 578-568. (1)
March 2012, as part of a comprehensive report on Dying With Dignity, the all-party committee of the Quebec National Assembly issued their full report (English version), including recommendations to allow legalized end-of-life choice for individuals suffering greatly at end-of-life.
The government then appointed three expert lawyers to a judicial panel to make recommendations