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RELICS, a short film on assisted dying
Jul 12, 2015

After a year of festivals, just now the film Relics has been released on line. Relics is a short film about a salesman who tries to sell his miraculous cleaning machine to a sick woman and her skeptical daughter, on the day that the woman asked her daughter to help her end her own life. It's a comedy! Sort of...

French Senate rejected the bill on the end of life
Jul 12, 2015

France’s debate over end-of-life care goes to the Senate, with a bill that would allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, but stops short of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. The new bill would give people “the right to

The Economist’s cover story on assisted dying
Jul 12, 2015

Cory Ruf (DWD Canada) wrote an excellent blog on the Economist Issue (read it  here):

The magazine has devoted impressive space, including the cover, to the legalization of assisted dying, which is being considered in the U.K. The issue boasts a 4,400-word feature article documenting the recent rise in support for physician assisted dying in Western countries. Here are five points worth noting:

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.
The Greens,

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

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


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