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The Dutch Review Committee published today its 2014 Annual Report. The total number of reported cases increased to 5306 (in 2013 this was 4829), a rise of 10% (was 15% in 2013). In the schemes presented below one can see that the increase occurred in all categories, and more or less in the same proportion. Only special mention must be made that reports on euthanasia applied to patients with beginning dementia (2014: 81; 2013 97) and psychiatry (2014: 41; 2013 42) did NOT increase.
Only 4 cases (< 0,1%) were
After months of crafting, dealing, lobbying and waiting, finally Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act (SB 128, AB 2X-15) into law, just a couple of weeks after the State Assembly and the Senate approved the bill in special sessions by a 42 to 33 vote. This makes California the fifth state to allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to some patients.The enormity of this victory cannot be understated.
DMD Colombia publishes its Newsletter no 59, 2015 (in Spanish). Read it here.
This month Peggy Battin presented her book "The Ethics on Suicide" as part of an "unprecedented example of library-author-publisher collaboration. The collaboration was formed by Peggy Battin, the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriot Library with Alyson Mower and David Cotty (Oxford University Press). The book is part of a Blog Platform from the University Library.
The book itself may be obtained from Amazon.
Martin Goldsworthy published the story about his planning all around the end of his life in an E-book, originating from Blog posts and discussions with his wife and children.
Short synopsis: Achieving a perfect end to our life is something we should think about, and before it is too late. Many people do not get close to achieving this ideal. This book presents the factors to be considered when you think about your own, inevitable death. The book’s objective is to help interested readers make their own
An attempt to overturn the UK law on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia by appealing to the European court of human rights has failed. The Strasbourg court has rejected as inadmissible applications by Jane Nicklinson, whose husband Tony suffered from locked-in syndrome, and Paul Lamb, who was paralysed following a car crash.
The seven-judge panel on the ECHR unanimously dismissed Mrs Nicklinson's claim on the grounds that it was for the national parliament to decide on such a sensitive issue.
According to a report by a study commission in the German parliament leaked to "Die Welt" newspaper, three of the draft bills currently under discussion in the German parliament are unconstitutional - on the grounds that the definitions they contain would be hard to enforce. The Bundestag is due to vote on proposals to restrict its liberal assisted suicide laws this autumn, with many members concerned about organizations that offer assisted suicide services. Germany has no legislation covering assisted suicide at all at the moment - as long as they administer the fatal drug to themselves, it is legal
Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 158; read the English summary here.