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South Australia keeps trying to move forward in legalizing euthanasia. This time Independent MP Bob Such introduced his Private Member's Bill in the House of Assembly. ABC News reports about it.
In this edition you may find - amongst other information - useful information on the forthcoming WF congres in Melbourne in October this year. To read it click here.
May 12, 2010: Researchers of the VUmc Amsterdam centre performed a qualitative study in physicians and patients on the use of Advanced Euthanasia Directives (AED) in cases of dementia. This was published in the Dutch Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (2010;154:A1273).
In a radio debate with German Emergency Head Dr Michael de Ridder (see news item on April 15, 2010 on this site) on the occasion of the appearance of De Ridder's book, Dr Hoppe, President of the Deutsche Ärztekammer (the National Doctors Organisation) , made a sensational statement taking a more relaxed position on physician-assisted suicide than he has conveyed in the past.
Hilary Young, a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, in a Letter to the Editor of the Ottawa Citizen refutes the many times (mis)used argument of "slippery slope".
Dr Michael Irwin, a retired general practitioner, wants to make a test case out of his assistance in helping someone to commit suicide three years ago. By writing Keir Starmer, UK's DPP, he effectively is inviting criminal charges within weeks, for which the former GP could be jailed for up to 14 years.
The second reading on Canada's bill C-384 to permit assisted suicide under strict conditions has resulted in a rejection, Wednesday April 21, 2010. The margin was 228 - 59.
The TV film "You don't know Jack" on Jack Kevorkian is aired in the USA on HBO on Saturday, April 24, from 9 to 11.15 pm ET/PT. Oscar winners Al Pacino and Susan Sarandon will star in this film, directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson.
Because of the ruling of the Montana Supreme Court in Baxter vs Montana, physician assisted suicide (PAS) is now openly allowed in Montana. The ruling read that nothing in Montana Law is preventing PAS and that therefore "it is not illegal". This makes Montana actually the third USA State where PAS may be practiced.
With the Grand-Duchy’s law on “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide” being in place for one year now, there is little to report on the subject except that the secretariat of ADMD-L receives many letters and calls from people outside the country hoping to be able to come and “die” in Luxembourg.