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Spanish Ángel Hernández arrested and brought to court for assisting in the suicide of his wife
Apr 14, 2019

angel hernándezThis week, the Spanish authorities decided to prosecute Ángel Hernández for his assistance in the suicide of his wife, earlier this month. Hernández' wife, Maria José Carrasco, had been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for thirty years and was in very poor condition. She wanted to end her life for a long time and had formulated this in an advance directive and on various videos made by her husband.

New Jersey now 8th US jurisdiction with a Death with Dignity statute
Apr 13, 2019

On Friday, April 12, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act into law. Less than a month ago, this bill passed the Assembly and Senate. New Jersey is now the seventh state and eight jurisdiction (including Washington DC) that has a death with dignity statute. The law goes into effect on August 1, 2019.

Dutch Euthanasia Review Committees published their annual Report 2018: decrease in reported cases
Apr 13, 2019

The Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees (RTE's) published their annual report about 2018. In that year for the first time there was a slight decrease in the number of reports of euthanasia to the RTE's. The social debate in 2018 focused in particular on the interpretation of requests from patients with advanced dementia and from patients with a psychiatric disorder.

Dying with Dignity Canada publishes March 2019 Newsletter
Apr 6, 2019

  Dying with Dignity Canada published its March 2019 Newsletter.

Interview with Jonquiere and Luley, written by Matt Vickers, published
Apr 6, 2019

Matt Vickers, the widower of assisted dying advocate Lecretia Seales, wrote an article about assisted dying in New Zealand, and compared the New Zealand situation to the situation in the Netherlands and Switzerland. In March, this article was published by NOTED, a journalism website in New Zealand. 

French ADMD publishes Newsletter 146 (February 2019)
Apr 6, 2019

 The French Right to Die association ADMD (Association pour le Droit de Mourir dans la  Dignité) published its Newsletter nr 146 (February 2019)

Maryland: End-of-Life Option Act defeated in the Senate
Mar 28, 2019
After a death with dignity bill passed the Maryland House of Delegates earlier this month, this bill stranded in the Senate on March 27. The Senate rejected the bill on a tie vote: 23 (22D
Belgian experts support the wish to extend the Belgian euthanasia law
Mar 28, 2019

On March 24, the Belgian End of Life Information Forum (LevensEinde InformatieForum - LEIF) organized a symposium in Antwerp about a possible extension of the euthanasia law to people with so-called acquired incapacity, for example as a result of dementia. LEIF chairman Wim Distelmans already asked attention for this possible change a few months ago. At the symposium, experts from different sectors agreed with him.

Bill for 'Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act' passed New Jersey Assembly and Senate
Mar 27, 2019

On March 25, 2019, a floor vote on bill S1072 and A1504, creating an 'Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act', took place in the Assembly and the Senate. The bill passed both chambers. The bill passed the Assembly with 41 votes to 33, and the Senate with 21 votes to 16.


Baroness Warnock, campaigner for assisted dying, passed away
Mar 25, 2019

Baroness Warnock (Mary) died on March 20, 2019, at the age of 94. Warnock was philosopher and politician and passionate advocate for assisted dying. The Times of London placed an obituary for her.


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