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WFRtDS Congress 2016
May 3, 2015

The WF Congress will be organized by NVVE (Dutch RtD Society) next year 11-14 May 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From May 11 this year more details will be published on this site; please vsiist again.

South African Robin Stransham-Ford died
May 1, 2015

Terminally-ill Cape Town man died of natural causes Thursday on the same day that a court granted him the right to end his life, a ruling that could pave the way for assisted suicide legislation. Retired advocate Robin Stransham-Ford, 65, was reported to be heavily sedated and a statement from his family did not say whether he died before or after the ruling.

“Since receiving the heartening news of the ground-breaking judgement,

DwD New South Wales publishes its March 2015 Newsletter
May 1, 2015

Read here DWD NSW's latest Newsletter. This special Pre-election Newsletter includes the main points from Sarah Edelman's analysis at the forum and also discusses recent historic developments in the US and Canada.

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

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

Groundshifting verdict in South African Court
Apr 30, 2015

Breaking News (April 30, 2015) Today the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted an order allowing a terminally ill man to end his own life and if he has a doctor helping, the doctor will not be prosecuted or disciplined. It is a first in South Africa, and the State intends to appeal it because it affects its prosecuting authority's ability to prosecute.

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


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