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First (?) carefull steps taken in Bulgaria
Jul 25, 2011

A bill tabled in the Bulgarian Parliament recently was almost unanimously rejected by the Bulgarian Health Committee. The bill to legalize euthanasia was introduced by socialist MP, law professor Lyuben Kornezov.

PubMed selection July 2011
Jul 24, 2011

Now available here the July 2011 PubMed Selection.

Swiss government not to introduce specific regulations on organised assisted suicide
Jul 19, 2011

The Swiss government will not introduce specific regulations on organised assisted suicide, but will extend measures to boost palliative care and suicide prevention.

The decision is the latest step in a drawn-out public controversy over current regulations on the right to die and so-called ‘suicide tourism’ - people travelling to Switzerland to end their lives.

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World Congress 2012
Jul 11, 2011

Today EXIT Deutsche Schweiz - on behalf of their sister society ADMD Suisse Romande - announced publication of the official WFRtDS Congress Website.   Information about the program and other information will be constantly updated - so visit  regularly.


The congress will be held in Zürich, Switzerland from June 13 to June 18, 2012.

Registration is required - only online - before December 1rst, 2011. Use the form provided on the special site.  The organisers friendly ask to registrate as soon as possible.

Unplaesant surprise at German doctors meeting in Kiel
Jun 25, 2011

Contrary to what was expected in Germany (see newsitem dd February 2, 2011 on this site) the German Doctors Organisation BAK, has decided that doctors no longer are allowed to assist in a suicide of their patients.

New rules issued about end-of-life care in Sweden
Jun 25, 2011

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare on Jne 17, 2011 has issued new rules for palliative care that in some cases give terminally ill patients the right to die.  Although issued as "new", these rules do not solve the issue of physician assisted voluntary death (suicide) or (active) euthanasia.

WFRtDS Newsletter issue 60, May 2011 published
Jun 12, 2011

WFRtDS Newsletter 60 can be downloaded here.

The editor has been made aware by Ludwig A. Minelli and Silvan Luley of Dignitas, that a couple of items were not completely correct. See the rectifications below:

Dr Jack Kevorkian dies in hospital
Jun 6, 2011

June 4, 2011: Dr. Jack Kevorkian died in Beaumont Hospital in Baltimore USA on June 3rd, 2011 at 2:30 a.m. from a pulmonary embolism which was a complication of liver cancer. Ted Goodwin, President of the WFRTDS,  said of his passing: 

RtD-Europe meeting in Luxembourg
May 27, 2011

May 26, 2001: Right to Die Europe  - a WFRtDS division -  organises a meeting on September 16 to 18, 2011, in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. As in previous meetings of the RtD-E in this wonderfull city, the venue will be in the Mondorf Parc Hotel. Information about the meeting can be found on the RtD-E website.

Spanish government approves law to allow terminally ill patients to die faster
May 27, 2011

Associated Press reported that the Spanish government has approved a law that gives terminally ill patients the right to hasten their deaths by halting medical treatment. Health Minister Leire Pajin said: "... the law would not affect bans on euthanasia or assisted suicide, which outlaw actions that lead to the deaths of those who otherwise would have lived".


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