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From Deutsche Welle: In Germany, euthanasia is illegal, but medically-assisted suicide is not forbidden. That means anyone who supplies a terminally-ill patient with poison isn't performing a criminal act. Peter Puppe is a retired teacher. Though he has no medical background, he helps terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives. But many politicians in Germany want to ban any form of assisted suicide. See instructive video here.
Millions of viewers in the UK tuned in to watch the final scenes of one of its most popular characters Hayley Cropper in the long running soap Coronation Street. Viewers saw Hayley, played by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, take an overdose after giving up her struggle with incurable cancer.The actress, who joined the soap in 1998 to play the Street's first transsexual and won the hearts of the nation with her on-screen romance with cafe owner Roy, played by David Neilson, has also spoken out in support of the storyline. She said it had been "a responsibility" and "a real privilege" and
The Scottish bill of Margo MacDonald has been sent to a Parliamentary Committee for scrutiny. This committee is expected to send out calls for evidence within the next couple of weeks. Please keep tract of the news on this site. A special
The outcome was expected, but observers were astonished at the margin of victory. By a vote of 50 to 17, the Belgian Senate has approved euthanasia for children. When the bill finally passes – which now seems quite certain – there will be no age limit for choosing to die at the hands of Belgian doctor. The next step is a vote in the lower house, which will probably take place in May.
ChinaDaily (in an article by Wang Hongy from Shanghai) reported on a recent survey by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (December 2013) , which shows that about 70% of 3400 polled residents from 34 cities 'do not object to euthanasia or can accept the idea'. This would imply that two third of Chinese have an open mind towards euthanasia.
The topic of death has long been taboo in China. In Chinese tradition,
The Telegraph in London (John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor) reported on 8 December 2013, that a full panel of nine Supreme Court Justices, headed by Lord Neuberger, the court’s President, is to be convened next week to hear the culmination of three separate legal challenges to the current ban on assisted suicide. The three cases have been put into one ‘super-case’ to allow a sweeping judgment on the current state of the law in England and Wales.
While working in Oregon, surgical oncologist Katharine Morris helped two terminally ill patients die on their own terms. Morris says she felt she was doing it to end suffering and to give her patients a sense of control. So now, while working in New Mexico, she's suing to get patients the option in New Mexico as well.
Four states - Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Montana -
We recently retraced an overview of Living Wills around the world, produced as part of the 2004 Tokyo WF Conference. If interested click here.
A panel set up at the request of President François Hollande on Monday (December 16, 2013) recommended legalising assisted suicide in France, where the debate on euthanasia has been revived after several tragic end-of-life stories. The suicides of two elderly couples in November and the heart wrenching testimony of a politician who watched her terminally-ill mother die after taking pills have shocked and moved France,
From The Medical Daily (Sabrina Bachai) of December 16, 2013:
A small percentage of Dutch people think that assisted suicides should be legal for the elderly who are tired of living. According to a Dutch survey published in the Journal of Medical Ethics approximately one out of every five people believe that doctors should help the elderly who are not seriously ill but who wish to die because they are tired of living their lives. “Our finding