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From 7 to 12 February 2012, NVVE Dutch RtD Society organises the first ever Film & Documentary Festival "THE END", aimed at Euthanasia and other end-of-life choices. This Festival forms part of the "Week of Euthanasia" (6-12 February, 2012), a celebration of 10 years legal Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands, since on 1rst April 2002 the Euthanasia Law came into effect.
According to a publication on the website of Death with Dignity National Center Massachusetts will - after gathering the requisite number of signatures - send an iniatitive on assisted suicide to the Massachusetts legislature. Pegg Sandeen, DwD National Center's Executive Director, analyses this new development on her blog "Living with Dying". Read it here.
Right to Die Europe has chosen a new board at its meeting in Luxembourg in September 2011. For 2011 - 2013 it will be constituted as follows:
Aycke Smook (NL) President
Nathalie Andrews (Be) Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Irwin (UK) Treasurer
Mireille Kies (Lux)
Flemming Schollaert (Dk)
RtD-Europe's website will be mastered by Patrick Brücher from Luxembourg.
Tom Blackwell of the Canadian National Post reported begin 20122 about the Forum Research Survey held on December 13th 2011, both in Quebec and outside. This survey showed a massive suppoirt of 67% for legalizing assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. This survey was conducted just a week before the British Columbia Supreme Court sessions on the Carter vs BC case was finished.
The long awaited report from the Commission on Assisted Dying, named after its Chairman Lord Falconer was finally released this month. Following a twelve month consultation period collecting evidence, the expert panel which makes up the Commission has published an evaluation of this evidence which aims to establish how an assisted dying law can work in practice. The Commission concluded that the choice of assisted dying could be safely offered to terminally ill people who:
Final Exit Network USA published its Newsletter 11-1, January 2012It can be downloaded here.
On November 14, 2011 the B.C Supreme Court case opened, in which Canada's laws against assisted suicide are on trial. This "Carter versus Attorney General of Canada and Attorney General of British Columbia" involves evidence that exceeds 10,000 pages of submissions, including over 100 affidavits and experts.
A 64-year old Dutch woman, suffering from a progressive state of Alzheimer's, received euthanasia. The case was extensively reviewed by all (5) Review Committees and considered to be 'careful'- in compliance with the law.
Recently ERGO published a list of jurisdictions where - in one way or the other - aid in dying is legalised. It appears that in 7 countries and 5 (USA) States this is the case.