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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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Vatican strips Belgian group of ‘Catholic’ label over euthanasia
May 17, 2020

The Vatican has put its foot down on a Belgian Catholic group over euthanasia and has declared that it can no longer be considered “Catholic”. The Brothers of Charity, a religious congregation founded in the 19th century, runs 15 highly-respected psychiatric hospitals. In

Japan RTD Society JSDD publishes Newsletter 177
May 7, 2020

The Japan Society for Dying with Dignity (JSDD) published Newsletter 177; you can download and read the English summary here.

Derek Humphry hands ERGO News List over to Final Exit Network
May 2, 2020

Following Derek's 'retirement' , ERGO's Right to Die News List has been taken over by Final Exit Network (USA) and is now called World Right-to-Die News Service. The service was originally created by Derek Humphry, author of the best-selling book Final Exit, creator of ERGO, the Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization.
Derek passed the service over to Final Exit

AFDMD-Spain publishes Revista DMD nº 81
Apr 30, 2020

The 25th of March, AFDMD-Spain publishes the last issue of their magazine: Revista DMD nº 81 (Spanish only). They also created a guide about "decisions in COVID19 time" (Spanish only) for their members. 

End-of-Life Washington publishes its Spring 2020 Newsletter
Apr 30, 2020

End-of-Life Washington publishes its Spring 2020 Newsletter

Dutch Supreme Court: Physician permitted to grant a written request for euthanasia from individuals suffering from advanced dementia
Apr 24, 2020

At Tuesday the 21st of April, the Dutch Supreme Court handed down a judgment in a case brought 'in the interest of the law'. In this judgment, the Supreme Court explained the premises for imparting substance to the requirements of due care in the special situation that the euthanasia is based on a written request from an individual suffering from advanced dementia.

Dutch Euthanasia Review Committees published their annual Report 2019
Apr 18, 2020

On Friday, April 17, the Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees published their annual report about 2019 (only in Dutch yet).

Death with Dignity publishes Q&A about end of life care in times of Corona
Apr 16, 2020

When Death with Dignity realized that COVID-19 might lead to an extended discussion of end-of-life care, they decided to seek answers on the complex medical questions that have arisen over the last few weeks. 

Covid-19 Addendum for advance directive
Apr 12, 2020

The Hemlock Society of San Diego drafted a Covid-19 addendum that can easily be customized to people’s different end of life desires, and added to one’s Advanced Health Care Directive.

Roland Kunz, Swiss pioneer in palliative care, retires
Apr 11, 2020

What can medicine do for the dying? "A lot," says Roland Kunz. The geriatrician has made a significant contribution to anchoring palliative care in Swiss healthcare. The chief physician of the university clinic for acute geriatrics and head of the palliative care unit in the Zurich Waid hospital has accompanied thousands of people to his death during his professional life.