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South Australian VES published its July 2015 Bulletin, read it here.
MPs in Germany have rejected a bill that would have made commercial assisted suicides legal, instead passing a new law punishing such practices with up to three years imprisonment, even if doctors perform the procedure to relieve suffering. The bill, which was upheld with 360 out of 602 votes, criminalizes organizations that assist patients in terminating their own lives for profit.
It is meant to prevent the commercialization of the procedure as
DWDVictoria's Newsletter Update Spring edition (October) 2015 published. Read it by clicking here.
The Hemlock Society of Florida and the Hemlock Foundation of Florida have new leadership. Dawn Pollock of Tallahassee is the new Chief Executive Officer and Julia Hanway, also of Tallahassee, is the new President of the Board of Directors. The new Board consists of Jim Chastain of Sarasota; Frank Kavanaugh of Punta Gorda; and Dr. Howard Kessler of Panacea. Once the new Hemlock Florida becomes active, others will be added to the Board.
NVVE, Dutch RtD Society, has developed a school curriculum program called ‘Euthanasia – "dead normal"’, a project to bolster public support and acceptance of euthanasia. The curriculum, launched in September, aims to provide high school students with “accessible information” about euthanasia, helping them to “have respect” for those who chose to end their lives.
There are videos offering ‘different’ (though all supportive) perspectives on
From The Irish Independent, by Sophie Gorman: An opera about assisted suicide sounds like anything but fun, but when have the festive joys of the carvery buffet been celebrated in opera? Both meet quite magnificently when the devilishly dark and brilliant mind of Enda Walsh gets together with musical maestro Donnacha Dennehy. 'The Last Hotel' speaks to us about living, about breathing, about being. Powerful
Le Soir: Since the implementation of the law decriminalizing euthanasia, the increase in the number of deaths with dignity, according to the etymology of the term, is constant. The concept of Euthanasia is more and more accepted in every day’s attitudes: "… the significant increase in the number of euthanasia cases compared with the previous report can likely be explained by the gradual dissemination of information relating to decisions at the end of life to the public and doctors" says the Commission.
In 2013 1807 cases have been reported, 1454 from Flanders and from Wallonia 353.
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.