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Dutch paediatrician's plea: give terminally ill children under 12 the right to die
Jul 11, 2015

Terminally ill children in unbearable suffering should be given the right to die, the Dutch Paediatric Association has said, calling for the current age limit of 12 years old to be scrapped. Eduard Verhagen, a paediatrics professor at Groningen University, who is on the organisation's ethics commission, said: "We feel that an arbitrary age limit such as 12 should be changed

What happened in California?
Jul 11, 2015

The End of Life Options Act - Californian bill SB 128 -  passed a 23-14 vote in the Senate in June. Senators Monning and Wolk sponsored this Bill, following the Oregon model. A serious and first important step towards legalisation was taken. But, before the Assembly Health Committee was going to debate and tear down the bill on July 7, the lawmakers decided to

New Zealand after Lecretia Seales now on its way to Select Committee
Jul 11, 2015

Pressure has been building from all sides of the political spectrum in New Zealand to change the law on assisted suicide after the death of Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales. Prime Minister John Key is backing a select committee inquiry, but said a law change will only be debated if a members bill is submitted and drawn from the ballot.
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Germany to debate one step ahead in legalising medically assisted dying
Jul 11, 2015

According to German daily "Die Welt", Germany inches ever closer to joining its neighbours Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg  in allowing active, medically assisted suicide on Tuesday as two new draft bills were presented to the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, ahead of a debate on the subject in July. Die "Welt":  one version, which was sponsored by at least one member of every party in the Bundestag, is meant to represent a « middle way » between punishing those who provide euthanasia assistance and a complete deregulation

Dying with Dignity NSW publishes its winter Newsletter nr 132 (July 2015)
Jul 11, 2015

Dying with Dignity NSW publishes its winter Newsletter nr 132 (July 2015). Read it by clicking here.

Canadian medical schools readying doctors: Learning to help take a life
Jul 11, 2015

Canada's medical schools are preparing for what was once unimaginable - teaching medical students and residents how to help patients take their own lives.

Interview witrh Desmond Tutu
Jul 11, 2015

In an effort to support South African initiatives for legalisation of assisted dying Desmond Tutu gave an interview, which was shown at the Chicago Conference last September. It is now available to be seen on you tube: click here to see and hear.

Maine to join other states: LD 1270 in the Legislature
Jul 11, 2015

A report from Valerie Lovelace: Today I am both happy and sad. I’m happy that LD 1270, An Act Regarding Patient-Directed Care at the End-of-Life, enjoyed a Committee hearing, a Committee working session, two Senate hearings with roll call votes, an historic House hearing with a roll call vote—all in the space of just two months.  The first Senate hearing on Monday resulted in an 18-17

Summary on proceedings in Canada 2015
Jun 13, 2015

Derryck Smith, Co-chair of the medical Advisory Board of DWD Canada wrote this article to summarise all what has happened in Canada, starting with Quebec last year and this year February with the BCC verdict.

WFRtDS Newsletter June 2015 published
Jun 13, 2015

WF Newsletter June 2015 published, read it here.


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