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On June 2nd the National Ethics Committee published a position paper offering a compromise in the present debate. They recommended that the legislature should provide that living wills be binding on doctors and medical staff.
This meeting, open to members & friends, will feature the Report of the Select Committee of the House of Lords on the "Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill" bill.
More information on the conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, to be held in in Toronto on September 7 to 10, 2006.
Programs to work with people who are considering hastening their own death are available to Americans. Compassion and Choices, through their Client Support Services, gives information about hastening death to terminally ill patients. The Final Exit Network provides trained Exit Guides to qualified patients with terminal and hopeless illnesses who wish to hasten their deaths, using non-medical methods such as helium inhalation. Both programs are based on the Caring Friends Program which was initiated in 1998 by the Hemlock Society.
Juana Betancor was Vice-President of the WF, 2002–2004, and had been in line to become President. Excerpts from the letter she sent to the Board explain the circumstances that prevented her ascension to this office and her absence from the Conference.
The Leslie Burke Case has aroused considerable interest in the UK and given rise to long legal judgments, most recently from the Appeal Court. It concerns a patient suffering from a degenerative brain condition who fears that at some future time, when he will perhaps be unable to express his wishes, doctors may decide to terminate his artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH). The appeal was brought by the General Medical Council against various points made by the judge in the initial case. The appeal was allowed, thus rejecting a number of declarations made by the judge.
Elke Baezner spoke at a conference in Luxembourg on accompanied suicide in Switzerland, in view of adding assisted suicide to the statutes of ADMD-L.In view of adding assisted suicide to the statut
Relevant is the quarterly magazine of the NVVE. This is the English summary of the issue of January 2007.
Another case from the past has been resumed. A nurse who was imprisoned for three months in 2000, with her parents, after having given a lethal injection to an aunt suffering from a liver disease has recently been told by her lawyer that the case is to be referred to the courts where she will be accused of manslaughter. This will be the first time a case involving medical practice and an ethical problem concerning euthanasia will go before a jury.
Source: Newsletter RtD-Europe, September 2005.