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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.
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:
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:
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".
Associated Press reports on the overwhelming rejection on the call to ban assisted suicide and to outlaw the practice for non-residents. In a 4-to-1 margin both measures were defeated. Bernard Sutter, EXIT Deutsche Schweiz's vice-president, called the result a strong confirmation that Swiss voters still believe in "... self-determination at the end of life".
Margo MacDonald, independent Lothian MSP, after her re-election, stated that she now got a voter's mandate to (re)introduce assisted suicide legalisation in Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament. The Herald published an article on her plans.
Dutch RtD Society NVVE published its second 2011 edition of her quarterly Relevant. The English summary can be read here.
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.
Death with Dignity Canada has renewed its website completely. In this way it is thought that the needs of members and visitors will be better served. DWD Canada announced this launch in a message, to be read by clicking here.