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Dying with Dignity Canada publishes its March 2014 Newsletter For Choice.
Actress Valeria Golino (Rain Man, Respiro) makes her début as a director with Miele, a powerful drama that screened to great acclaim at the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals. A trailer can be seen here. For a synopsis click here. The film will be screened in a number of US States, see release information. Showing has been expanded in the mean time (March 15): see new list here . The film received incredible reviews in NY Times and the LA Times.
King Philippe signed the law which aims to extend the legal framework allowing euthanasia, under certain conditions, to minors. A psychologist will have to ascertain the capacity of discernment of the minor. Only terminally ill minors facing unbearable and hopeless physical suffering can - supervised by a medical team - and with parental consent only, benefit from this new law, if they ask for the termination of their life. Belgium is the first country to
Volker Kauder (CDU) has announced his plan to propose a new Assisted Dying Bill in the fall of this year. This new Bill will further restrict the possibilities for legal assistance with suicide (now legal in Germany!) by explicitly make not only assistance "with profit", but also assistance by a RtD organisation ilegal. Under the leadership of lawyer (and Bundestagabgeordente) Ingrid Matthäus-Mayer a coalition to oppose this initiative has formed with the following
The UK Telegraph (John Bingham and James Kirkup) reported: "the legislation of assisted suicide has moved a significant step close after the government made clear that it would not stand in way change law.Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs and peers – including Coalition ministers – will be given a free vote on a Bill that would enable doctors to help terminally ill patients to die. The proposed legislation will come before Parliament in the next few months."
VES South Africa published its February 2014 Newsletter on the developments there.
Boudewijn Chabot, Dutch psychiatrist who extensively studied and published on self directed dying, has opened a website, where one can find information on "Taking Control of your Death", including the possibility to order books and DVD's non the subject, considering three methods: medication, stopping eating and drinking, and helium.
Libera Uscita, Italy, published its newsletter Il Punto nr 116, February 2014 (Italian only). Read it here.
Update from DWD Canada:
No Vote Before Two Week Recess
Quebec stumbles right at the finish line.
It was all going so very well….until it wasn’t. Quebec was poised on the threshold of a historic moment: the introduction of Bill 52. A Bill which, when passed, would for the first time in history allow Canadians to legally request medical aid in dying. A Bill which asked for better access to Palliative Care. In other words, a Bill which would provide end-of-life choice.
On 13 February the Belgian Parliament passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions. When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.