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On January 3, 2011, WF Marilyn Seguin Award winner Evelyn Martens, one of the founders of the Right to Die Society in Canada, who faced a two-year long battle with the law — and won — died on 3 January 2011 in hospital in British Columbia, from complications thought to be from a gall bladder infection. She was 79.
A bill to legalise assisted dying in France passed the Senate Committee on Social Affairs (25 for, 19 against) to be debated in the French Senate. A first time in France!
Luxemburg is since March 16, 2009, the last of the three BeNeLux countries to legalise euthanasia. The bill to allow physician assisted dying was proclaimed this week after a constitutional crisis in Luxembourg last year when Grand Duke Henri refused to sign the bill into law.
Nan Maitland, well known in the WFRtDS community and active member of FATE (the Scottish based RtD Society Friends At The End) died last week on March 1rst after an assisted suicide at Dignitas in Zürich, Switzerland.
UPDATE, DWD Victoria's newsletter, 'summer' 2011 edition is now available. It includes points of particular immediacy and interest:
The new PubMed selection is now available by clicking here. The editor of the selection remarks that opposite this one (!) abstract of a substantial nature an enormous list of (un-refereed) articles, statements, comments and editorials against aid in dying appeared.
On the continuum of appropriate care at the end-of-life, Paliative Sedation (PS) has an important place. Health Care Professionals often voice concerns about the relationship to other end-of-life decisions, in particular to physician aid-in- dying (euthanasia and PAS). In the Mayo Clinical Proceedings (October2010;85(10):949-954) clinicians Molly L. Olsen, Keith M. Swetz and Paul S. Mueller review the differentiation of PS from other forms of end-of-life decisions.
The deputy editor Tony Delamotte of the British Medical Journal (BMJ/1january 2011/volume 342/28-29) notes in his observations that the (UK based) Falconer Commission on Assisted Dying has got its work cut out, now that in the debate contradictory "scientific" findings tumble over each other.
EXIT ITALIA was founded in September 1996 and will celebrate this anniversary during a special meeting on May 21 and 22, 2011.
WFRtDS members are invited to participate free of charge. See for details and applicationform the information document here.