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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

Dick Coté - author of a number of books on end-of-life developments - died
Apr 30, 2015

Writer and photographer Richard N. Cote died at home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on February 10 at the age of 69. Derek Humphry writes in his obituary:

"Dick — as he was known to everybody — was in good general health. He fell down the stairs

2014 Oregon Annual Report published
Apr 15, 2015

A total of 155 terminally-ill adult Oregonians received a prescription for medications under the provisions of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act in 2014, while 105 of them (67.7%) ingested the medications to die peacefully. This corresponds to 31 Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) deaths per 10,000 total deaths, or 0.3%.

Other highlights from the 2014 Annual Report:

12th biennial RtD-Europe meeting in Berlin, June 20-22, 2015
Feb 12, 2015

The 12th Biennal RtDE meeting will be held in Berlin June 20-22, 2015 and will be organised by DGHS - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Humanes Sterben. For information visit the RTD-Europe website.

Palliative Care and Physician Aid in Dying - a Benelux experience
Feb 10, 2015

(from BioEdge; Xavier Simons) A recent paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics says ‘no’. The paper – published by a team of researchers from Belgium’s End of Life Care Research Group – compares the development of palliative care (PC) in countries where euthanasia is legal to countries where it is not. The results, they said,

Dying with Dignity Canada celebrates BC Supreme Court victory
Feb 6, 2015

Communiqué de presse en Francais disponible ici.

Dying With Dignity Canada applauds the Supreme Court’s decision (read it here) to strike down Canada’s unjust and outdated legal ban on physician assisted dying. In a judgment released on Friday morning, justices on the high court ruled the absolute ban violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and

Libera Uscita published their periodical Il Punto (new version)
Feb 3, 2015

Libera Uscita published their periodical Il Punto (new version). Read it here (Italian only). It contains letter from the President, news from Libera Uscita, France and Italy. From that last country a special report on the campaign for the establishment of municipal registers of living wills.

New attempt to introduce laws to decriminalise assisted suicide in Isle of Man
Feb 3, 2015

Manx Radiop reports: Rushen Manx House of Keys member Juan Watterson will ask for political backing to introduce new laws decriminalising assisted suicide this week.In the House of Keys he’ll ask MHKs for leave to introduce new laws to allow assisted dying.It’s after a petition for redress of grievance was handed to Tywnald by Millie Blenkinsop-French last July

Quebec prepares to implement Bill 52
Feb 2, 2015

The DWD Canada blog reports on the activities around Quebec’s landmark end-of-life care, the first of its kind to be passed in Canada. It is set to come into force in less than a year. But many questions remain about how it will be implemented and also how it will jibe with federal law. Read the whole blog and the report here.

Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association hosted important conference about dying with dignity
Feb 2, 2015

Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, in the scope of celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, held an important conference about dying with dignity – euthanasia. In their 25 year history this was likely the most important and relevant meeting on an ethical subject which was ever hosted. It was very well attended and received enormous media attention


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