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First one should note that a challenge to the Belgian euthanasia law, sent by the groups Pro Vita and Jurivie to the European Court of Human Rights, still awaits a response.
The Vatican recently issued the French version of a “lexicon of ambiguous and controversial terms concerning the family, life and ethical questions”. The chapter devoted to euthanasia is supposed to contain the following:
In October/November 2003 DGHS carried out surveys on living wills and attitudes to doctors who carry out assisted dying. It seems that 53% of German citizens know about living wills, over 70% in the case of those over 60. 84% said they would not lose confidence in their doctor if s/he helped an incurably ill person to end their life; only 20% thought they would lose confidence in a doctor who provided active and direct assistance in the case of an incurably ill patient.
Last year in England, a 57-year old man, terminally-ill with motor neurone disease (Lou Gehrig’s syndrome), ended his life at home after three unsuccessful attempts. He had planned to go to Dignitas, in Zurich, but was unable to do so because “he could not afford it”.
Mainly arising from this incident, TLC— The Last Choice has been established, principally by Dr. Michael Irwin. Its main objectives are:
Five years ago, 1 April 2002, the Netherlands introduced a new law on euthanasia, becoming the first country in the world to legalise the practice within strict boundaries.
An excerpt of a speech by Sidney Rosoff, the first president of the World Federation about how the organization got its start.