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Today, December 3, it was five years ago that the first steps towards Québec's aid in dying law were set. In an article in Le Soleil, Yvon Bureau and Ghislain Leblond write about these delightful days. The creation (unanimous!) of a Commission by the Québec government finally lead to the law. As they write:
The French National Advisory Council of Ethics (CCNE) has published a voluminous report on the end of life in October. The report found consensus on the issue of the wishes of the person, the urgency of improvements of conditions of support for the end-of-life by the health system, of the imperative obligation of the treatment of pain. In contrast, the CCNE observed
JSDD has published its Newsletter nr 155, with news on the organizational changes and developments of legalisation. Changes concern the narrowing of the objectives to death with dignity according to living wills.
For the first time, and as a test, RTVD's secretary Berit Hasselmark, was present with an information stall at a Fair for the elderly and retired in Stockholm It materialized all right in September and the success can be measured from the many Swedes who discussed the issue - yes
Martijn Hagens, VUmc researcher, published ( BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:455) the results of his cross sectional research into the practice of the counsellors cooperating with De Einder (one of the Dutch RtD Societies and member of WFRtDS). Of the 595 clients (of 12 counsellors) included in his research, 1/3 rd had no direct wish to end their life, but
Israelinternationalnews.com reports about a dramatic increase of Israelis having signed forms requesting permission to put an end to their own lives, 12.000 over just 740 who did so in 2013.
Currently, euthanasia, also dubbed “mercy killings”, in which a doctor or other agent puts an end to the life of a patient – usually an elderly person with a terminal
Belgian ADMD published its new Bulletin, nr 133. Read it here (in French only).
ABC News reports (October 22, 2014) that Dr Rodney Syme again was questioned by the police over the death of Steve Guest, a man dying of oesophageal cancer. See our earlier publication about his confession to have prescribed Steve Guest "a sufficient quantity of Nembutal
At the WF Conference in Chicago Laura Belli informed the audience about the state of the art in Argentina concerning dying with dignity. On May 9, 2012 the Law No. 26742, known as the “Dignified Death” law was enacted (read the English version here). The public debate that led to the promulgation of the law began a year before due to two relevant cases that caught the attention of the media.
Following our earlier publication on the passing of Jean Davies today the Sunday Times published a front page article on her death: she starved herself to death. Four weeks into her fast, Jean Davies, 86, told The Sunday Times: “It is hell. I can’t tell you how hard it is. You wouldn’t