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Canadian Legalisation developments
Mar 5, 2010

In Canada the discussion on legalizing euthanasia has developped. Both Federal Parliament and the National Assembly of French province Quebec haven been discussing the issue. In the folowing a summary of what is going on is given, including some links to usefull articles.

DWD nsw March 2010 Newsletter is out
Mar 1, 2010

The latest Newsletter from DWD nsw (Australia) can be downloaded here.

UK: DPP to publish guidelines later today
Feb 25, 2010

Later today Keir Starmer DPP from the UK Crown Prosectution Service will publish the long awaited guidelines on the prosecution of people who assisted with suicide. He said so in an article in The Times, more or less also as a reaction to an article by Gordon Brown, UK's Prime Minister.

"Completed Life" and the right to choose
Feb 19, 2010

A Dutch citizens action group "Out of Free Will" ("Uit Vrije Wil") wants to legalize assisted suicide for all people over 70, who have an "explicit, logical and consistent" desire to end their life. They suggest the task should be carried out by a new kind of specially trained and certified professional.

RESEARCH: Australian scientist to look at the role of technology
Feb 18, 2010

The Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society accepted for publication in 2010 the article "Techniques to pass on: technology and euthanasia"  by Australian professor of Social Sciences Brian Martin.  Martin examined  a number of possible future paths three) for the development of euthanasia, focussing on the Australian State versus EXIT International situation. 

Report Belgian Federal Euthanasia Review Committee 2006-2007 and numbers 2008 and 2009
Feb 18, 2010

In accordance with the Belgian Euthanasia Law a 16 person Federal Euthanasia Review Committee assesses every case of Termination of life on request (that is reported!), and reports every two years to the Belgian Parliament. Recently the numbers of reported cases in 2008 and 2009 were already published, in advance of the official report expected this year.

USA: with Montana now three States providing legal aid-in-dying
Feb 18, 2010

Because of a ruling by the Montana Supreme Court in January 2010  -  following the 2008 verdict of Montana District Court  Judge Dorothy McCarter  -   saying that "nothing in state law prevents patients from seeking physician-assisted suicide", now three States (Oregon, Washington and Montana) provide its residents with legal aid-in-dying

Scottish Parliament installed cross-party committee to investigate legalising assisted suicide
Feb 16, 2010

On January 21 MSP Margo McDonald finally tabled her long expected Bill to allow doctors to end the life of terminally-ill patients. This bill - signed by 21 MSP's from all four Scottish parties - is now cleared to be formally adopted for investigation by the health and sports committee, leading to a first vote by the Scottish Parliament this autumn. A special Committee is to investigate the issue thoroughly. 

RESEARCH: BMJ publishes Dutch article on unbearable suffering in the context of euthanasia
Feb 16, 2010

Dutch researchers, headed by Roeline Pasman,  from the VUmc Amsterdam, have looked into the concept of unbearable suffering in the context of ungranted requests for euthanasia. The objective was to obtain in-depth information about the views of both doctors and patients on suffering in ungranted or not performed euthanasia requests.

Dutch documentaries about end-of-life in cases of Alzheimer's, Mental disease and Completed Life
Feb 16, 2010

Within the scope of Dutch RtD Society NVVE's  strategy to broaden the situations in which assistance in dying should be made legally possible, a number of activities have been undertaken: documentaries on Dementia and euthanasia, on psychiatric illness and euthanasia and on "completed life" have been produced and broadcasted on national television. A special week was organised beginning this month to promote a discussion on the completed life issue. For more information


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