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A recent report by a specialist in pain treatment, claimed that pain can no longer be seen as causing unbearable and hopeless suffering and thus as justification for euthanasia. Government Ministers Ross and Donner specifically deny that (legally speaking) Terminal Sedation (TS) or palliative care is to be considered as a real alternative to euthanasia.
Relevant is the quarterly magazine of the NVVE. This is the English summary of the Extra Issue for Summer 2007.
The DGHS Committee for Public Relations has issued a position paper on the current state of discussion in Germany. The committee calls for a comprehensive legal ruling on support for the dying and assisted death. Such a ruling must include provisions clear to every citizen and to all relevant sectors of health, family and law, so that there is no external determination of human life and a person’s will to live. The wellbeing of the patient concerned must be the highest priority for all action, not ideological and/or dogmatic and/or class-oriented paternalism.
As reported in the last newsletter, the Council of Europe in its debate on 27 April failed to adopt the Marty report on “Assistance to Patients at the end of Life”. Right to Die Europe found this very disappointing, as they had campaigned hard to support Mr Marty with his redrafted report and proposed resolution and there seemed a reasonable amount of support within the Council. However in the course of the debate so many wrecking amendments were passed, that the document would no longer have reflected Mr Marty’s intentions. In the end therefore he also voted against the report.
The latest developments on assisted dying in Europe: Case Law Developments or Cases in National Courts, Books Published, Research published or currently undertaken, Opinion Polls, Campaigns, Cases that have attracted public media attention, Other issues.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian will be granted parole from a prison in Michigan on June 1, the time when he would be eligible to be considered...
In April 2005 Harris Poll showed that more than two-thirds of U.S. adults think that the law should allow medical euthanasia for dying patients in severe distress who ask to have their lives ended. Two-thirds of the public would like their states to allow physician-assisted suicide as it is currently allowed in Oregon. Furthermore, most people feel that if they were unconscious and unlikely to recover they should not be kept alive on a life-support system. The majorities in favor of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide have increased over the last few years.
Taken from the World Right-to-Die Newsletter issue no. 46, Januray 2005.
Top row: Richard McDonald, Derek Humphry, Juan Mendoza-Vega, Libby Drake, Annelies Plaisant, Michio Arakawa; bottow row: Cynthia St.John, Jacqueline Herremans, Faye Girsh, Jacob Kohnstamm, Michael Irwin.
On 15 January in Luxembourg, Socialist (LSAP) and Greens representatives presented a joint draft bill that would radically change Luxembourg law on euthanasia.
Motion in Swiss parliament submitted by Anne-Catherine Menétrey-Savary