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Maine Death with Dignity Act probably tested by referendum
Jul 20, 2019

Maine will probably have a physician-initiated death referendum in November or June. This referendum could overturn the brandnew Death with Dignity Act that was signed into law last month. Opponents of the new law have until September 18, 2019, to collect and file 63,067 valid signatures.

Exit's 2019 Disrupting Death workshop tour about to commence on 25 July
Jul 20, 2019

Exit International starts '2019 Disrupting Death workshop tour' on the Gold Coast  (Australia) on 25 July. The workshop tour consists of 8 workshops, seven in Australia and the last one in London (27th of October - just before brExit). The tour is about a new short film about Exit's approach to the end of life choices. (and can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/345291400).

Lois Schafer (July 28, 1938 - June 23, 2019)
Jul 15, 2019

By Faye Girsh, San Diego.

When I became head of the national Hemlock Society in 1996 Lois Schafer was already there in our modest Denver office as a volunteer. I liked her quiet, unobtrusive, caring style. She was especially kind and gentle,

Life Circle president Erika Preisig gets suspended sentence and fine in assisted suicide case
Jul 14, 2019

On Tuesday the 9th of July, the criminal court from canton Basel-Country in north western Switzerland, handed her a 15-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of CHF20,000 ($20,137).

Spanish Congress receives a million signatures in favor of euthanasia
Jul 13, 2019

On Friday the 12th of July, the Congress in Spain received one million signatures requesting legal changes to decriminalize euthanasia. The million signatures were collected in three different petitions.

Belgian RWS publishes Magazine 2019-3
Jul 13, 2019

The Belgian (Dutch-speaking) Right to Die Society RWS published her (Flemish only) Magazine 2019-3, for the months July, Augustus and September 2019. 

Emilio Coveri, president of EXIT Italia, under investigation
Jul 12, 2019

The Public Prosecutor of the court of Catania (Sicily) has declared that it started an investigation regarding Emilio Coveri, president of EXIT Italy, one of the organisations which promotes the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted dying in Italy. 

24 July - Webinar on barriers to assisted dying
Jul 12, 2019

On 24 July, Dying With Dignity Canada will broadcast a webinar about medical assistance in dying (MAID), named “Journeys with choice: Shining a light on barriers to assisted dying”. The webinar will be featuring two speakers with personal experience supporting a loved one who requested medical assistance in dying (MAID).

Go Gentle Australia published its Winter 2019 newsletter
Jul 12, 2019

Go Gentle Australia published its Winter 2019 newsletter. There have been significant advances in Australia and overseas, most notably the implementation of the VAD law in Victoria. 

Vincent Lambert passed away
Jul 12, 2019

On Thursday the 11th of July, Vincent Lambert died in Reims, France, after an intense family dispute over his fate that led to years of legal battles and put him at the center of right-to-die debates. He was 42.

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