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In their Newsletter no 32 (July 2011), Lilach (Live and Die With Dignity), published an article from retired Justice Eliahu Matza, current President of Lilach, about their suggestions to amend the existing Law for the Terminally Ill Patient.
According to a Press report, issued in May 2012, two months after the opening of the Dutch "Levenseindekliniek", more than 200 people had applied with a request for euthanasia. Two thirds of these had physical problems, the other third consisted of primarily psychiatric patients.
In the Nederlands Tijdschrift van Geneeskunde 2012,156: A4675 (a Dutch medical magazine) a case study is described about a 73 year old woman with breast cancer in a terminal phase and known with chronic recurrent depressions. After her request for euthanasia the family doctor consulted the SCEN doctor (Support and Consultation with Euthanasia in the Netherlands) as teh legaly obligatiory secodn independent doctor.
According to a report in The Copenhagen Post (June 2012), ‘differences of opinion’ over assisted suicide are emerging in an ethical panel (Etisk Råd).
Once unanimous in their opposition over making it legal to help people taking their own lifes, now [the Denmark] parliament's independent panel of ethics experts appears to be divided on the issue.
A new summary of Pubmed abstracts on Right to Die Issues from 2011 onwards, can be found here. Subjects are:
Wallis Filmproductions has turned the successful Dutch play "De Goede Dood" (A Good Death) into a film with English subtitles.This film will be internationally presented on filmfestivals. It received an invitaion for a screening on The Montreal World Film Festival (Festival des Films du Monde), taking place in Montreal, Canada from August 23 to September 3, 2012.
According to the president Elke Baezner of the German Right to Die Society DGHS, German doctors close their eyes for the actual concerns of German citizens. The German Doctors Association (BÄK) prohibits German doctors to assist their patient at the end of life, contradicting with this "Berufsverbot" the constitutional right to freedom of conscience of these same doctors.
Dying with Dignity New South Wales from Australia recently made their 2011 and 2012 Newsletters available for publication on this website.
Sir Tery Pratchett - famous British author and sufferer from Alzheimer's - has been awarded a Bafta (the English equivalent of the Oscar) for his documentary film "Choosing to Die" about his Alzheimer and his wish to be assisted in his dying before the Alzheimer completely debilitates him. The British Academy of Film and Televison Arts awarded him with the Bafta at their 2012 meeting on May 27, in the category Single Documentary.
BC Supreme Court Justice Lynn Smith found in favour of the plaintiffs in the Carter Challenge. She has declared that the law is to be struck down in a year's time to give Parliament the time to bring in new legislation.