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This week, March 27, 2012 the UK Parliament held an historic debate, in which MPs gave unanimous backing to Director of Public Prosecutions' policy on assisted suicide.
DiD reports that "...this - for the first time ever - brings recognition that Parliament does not want a blanket approach to prosecution in cases of assisted suicide. MPs now accept that, in certain circumstances, people who compassionately assist a loved one to die at their request should not be punished."
Dying with Dignity published this week its March electronic Newsbulletin. Headlines are about Quebec's developments.
The Newsletter can be read by clicking here.
This month a Quebec Parliamentary Select Commission on assisted dying in dignity, published its report, the result of a year long period of receiving written submissions from all over the world and many province wide public hearings.
The Oregon Department of Human Services monitors and enforces compliance with the Oregon Death with Dignity Law and produces an annual report each spring.
Next to the existing laws Oregon and Washington, and Montana, the Right to Die is now being debated in a number of other USA States. Death with Dignity National Center provides the reader with an update on their blog. Worth reading!
Derek Humphry on his blog: "If there is anybody in the right-to-die movement who made a radical difference it was Dr. Peter Goodwin, who brought his life to an end on 11 March 2012 in the presence of his family, using the law he helped to pass. Aged 83, he suffered from an incurable brain illness".
picture: Michael Lloyd; The Oregonian
Tony Nicklinson, a 57 year old man with "locked-in" syndrome, after a severe stroke seven years ago, has acquired a positive ruling by Mr Justice Charles, to have his case heard by the courts. He was left paralysed below the neck after a stroke seven years ago and can now communicate only by blinking or through limited head movement.
In the leading Journal Bioethics an American doctor argues that artificial nutrition and hydration should be withdrawn from all patients in a permanent vegetative state – unless there is clear evidence that they want to be kept alive.
A PDF-format of Farewell Foundation's March 2012 Newsletter can be found here. The printed version will soon be released and sent to members.
ADMD France has launched a new public poster campaign in favour of euthanasia legalisation in the scope of the forthcoming Presidential elections. ADMD F appeals with these posters to those candidates that have declared themselves to be even against the current Leonetti law.