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Statistics show that more people are opting for euthanasia in Belgium. Last year, their number was 16 percent up on the year before. Euthanasia is especially carried out in Flanders, official figures point out.
Assisted suicide numbers up in 2011
The number of people who ended their lives with the help of assisted suicide organisations increased significantly in 2011, the Sonntagszeitung newspaper has reported. Dignitas, which caters mainly for people from abroad, accompanied 144 people choosing to die at their premises in Pfaffikon near Zurich, an increase of 35 per cent on 2010.
The Dutch RtD Society, NVVE will implement their plans to provide assistance to people with serious euthanasia requests, but get negative responses (for whatever reason) from their own doctor. As a first step a first so called Mobile Euthanasia Team (consisting of a doctor and a nurse) will start on March 1, 2012. The requests and these teams will be coordinated from an organisation in The Hague, set up for this by NVVE.
Melissa Barber, DWD National Centre USA's communications officer used their blog to take the edges of the so called Myths around legalisation of assisted dying. Although this emasculating is mainlyt directed at the USA regulations in Oregon adn Washington, the argumentation fits in all sorts of discussion around this topic.
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Find here the (summary of the) latest Newsletter of the Japan Society JSDD , no 144-1.
From AQDMD, the Canadian RtD Organisation from Quebec, we received an update on the news, to be read here.
The people of Swiss Canton Vaud soon can bring votes on a proposal to legalize euthanasia in hospitals and nursing homes. This law is the outcome of years long of lobbying by EXIT Suisse Romande. The Local (Swiss news in English) made this known in an article.
For Dutch speaking people the Dutch version of the book on the ideas and intentions behind the group Of Free Will that started a Citizen's Initiative last year, will be published soon.