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European Division of WFRtDS

Interested in more news on the Right to Die? FEN circulates on a regular basis an electronic news list (successor to the ERGO News List) with news from around the world.

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Dutch NVVE publishes its first Relevant magazine of 2020
Feb 17, 2020

The Dutch Right to Die Society NVVE published its first Relevant of 2020 (Dutch only). 

Spanish government passes first hurdle to legalize euthanasia
Feb 17, 2020

On Tuesday 11 February, the parliament of Spain voted in favor of accepting an euthanasia bill for consideration. Hereby Spain’s parliament endorsed an effort by the new Socialist-led government to legalize euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. If succesfull, that would make Spain the fourth European Union country to allow euthanasia.

DWD Tasmania publishes Newsletter January 2020
Feb 16, 2020

Dying with Dignity Tasmania publishes Newsletter January 2020.

Go Gentle Australia publishes its Summer 2020 Newsletter, including Annual Report 2019
Feb 16, 2020

Go Gentle Australia published its Summer 2020 Newsletter. There have been significant advances in Australia and overseas, most notably the passage of Western Australia’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. Read more....

Japan RTD Society JSDD publishes Newsletter 176
Feb 9, 2020

The Japan Society for Dying with Dignity (JSDD) published Newsletter 176; you can download and read the English summary here.

Results of Dutch PERSPECTIVE study about elderly people with a wish to die published
Feb 9, 2020

About 0.18% of all people over 55 in the Netherlands have a wish to end their lives without being seriously ill. That amounts to just over 10,000 people. This is the most important result from the recent published PERSPECTIVE study

In South Korea 85,000 terminal patients opt to die with dignity
Feb 9, 2020

More than 85,000 terminally ill South Koreans have chosen to forgo life-prolonging treatment since the legalization of the right to die with dignity two years ago, government data showed on Tuesday the 4th of February.

Canadian experts: Medical aid in dying should be extended also to people with mental illness
Feb 9, 2020

In Canada, the government is considering changes to make assisted death easier for people who aren't terminally ill. As this development happens, an expert panel of clinicians and ethicists recommends to extend the law also to people whose only medical condition is a mental disorder.

New Zealand to vote per referendum on End of Life Choice Bill on 19 September
Feb 2, 2020

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has set the date (19 September 2020) for the General Election which is also the date for the public referendum on the End of Life Choice Act. This act has been approved by the Parliament last year and will be implemnted after the NZ public votes in favor.

Tine Nys trial in Belgium finished
Feb 2, 2020

The 3 Belgian doctors in the so called Tine Nys trial all have been completely acquitted. After a two-week trial and eight hours of final debate, a 12-person jury in the criminal court of Ghent, in northwestern Belgium, cleared the three practitioners,  the doctor who gave the