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American Medical News reported on 6 July 2012 that Massachusetts might become the third State to enact a law on physician assisted suicide: enough signatures have been secured to put the issue on the ballot in November 2012. Read the MedicalNews article from Kevin O'Reilly.
On the 1rst of November 2012 the Dutch Levenseindekliniek organises in The Hague an international Congress as an evaluation of the Levenseindekliniek, which started on March 1 this year, see the related newsitem on this site. Guests speakers will come from the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium.
Dutch researchers on the end-of-life practices in the Netherlands published the results of their 5th Survey in The Lancet this week. Main conclusion can be that the practice of euthanasia stabilised, and that the feared slippery slope could not be established. The article describing trends in these practices is based on a repeated cross-sectional survey of a stratified sample from the death registry of Statistics Netherlands.
South Australian VES publishes its July 2012 Newsletter The VE Bulletin. It can be read here.
Robert Rivas, FEN’s attorney, reported:
Three volunteer Exit Guides appeared before a judge to face an indictment on serious felony charges levelled merely because they showed compassion for a member of Final Exit Network.
Dr. Gustavo Alfonso Quintana R., a right-to-die proponent and delegate from DMD-Colombia at the 2008 Paris World Federation of Right to Die Societies Congress, has been the subject of a sympathetic story about euthanasia in Colombia in the June 30, 2012 issue of El Tiempo, the largest newspaper in Bogota, where he practices.
On July 3, 2012 - in a joint venture - Dignity in Dying UK and the Choice at the End of Life All Party Parliamentary Group launched the Consulttaion of a new Draft Assisted Dying Bill. This draft builds on recommendations published by The Commission on Assisted Dying (also known as Lord Falconer's Commission, after its chairman) in January this year. The consultation ends on November 20, 2012.