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ADMD plans to re-launch the public debate on end-of-life issues by holding a major press conference on 23 September, the occasion of the publication of a book by Catherine Leguay, an official of ADMD: “Respecting life, arranging death – in favour of a Vincent Humbert law”. The book will have a preface by Marie Humbert (and a commentary by Henri Cavaillet).
A lookback on the Terry Schiavo case.
Mr. Welby, 60, had his wish fulfilled by Dr. Mario Ricci who sedated him then disconnected his respirator; Welby died shortly thereafter on December 20.
Compassion and Choices (formerly Compassion in Dying and End-of-Life Choices) are attempting to have a law like the Oregon Death with Dignity Law passed in two more states: Vermont and California. Vermont considered the bill last year and conducted a study on the Oregon law which concluded that the law was helpful in improving end-of-life care and that it had not been abused. This year no vote was taken but there was a promise of a vote and a study for next year’s session.
The president's report by Jacob Kohnstamm. By Jacob Kohnstamm.
In June the British Medical Association dropped its opposition to assisted dying. This brings them into line with other medical organisations such as the General Medical Council and the Royal Colleges of Physicians and GPs.
Source: Newsletter RtD-Europe, September 2005.
Addition of assisted suicide to the statutes of ADMD-LIn January, the committtee suggested an amendment to the text of its original statutes established in 1988.
The next Meeting of Friends at the End will be held in the Conference Suite of the Mitchell Library, Kent Road, Glasgow at 2:00 pm on Saturday 29 October 2005.
Bussemaker said that the government will not tamper with a woman's right to choose if she opts for an abortion.
A GP from Ostend was arrested on 29 July and imprisoned for four days, accused of having ended the lives of 5 patients in a care home over the last 3 years by increasing their doses of morphine. The management of the home brought the case. The case remains open.