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West Australia now 2nd state in Australia with a VAD law!
Dec 11, 2019

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 has cleared its final hurdle in the Legislative Assembly, with members accepting all amendments made in the Upper House. This makes Western Australia the second State in the nation to pass a contemporary, compassionate and safe voluntary assisted dying law.

VAD Bill passed Western Australian Upper House in 3rd reading
Dec 5, 2019

On Thursday the 5th of December, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 has passed the Western Australian Upper House in its third and final reading. Because amendments were made to the Bill, it isn’t law  yet. The amendments need to be approved in the Lower House. This is scheduled on December the 10th. 

NVVE publishes its 2019 - 4 magazine Relevant
Nov 28, 2019

The Dutch Right to Die Society NVVE published its fourth Relevant of 2019 and the English summary of it. 

Italian Constitutional Court now officially rules that aid in suicide is, under certain conditions, not punishable
Nov 22, 2019

In a judgment of 22 November, the Constitutional Court of Italy has established that, in certain conditions, a patient subjected to unbearable suffering can be helped to die, and that this aid must be provided by the National Health System.

New Zealands End of Life Choice Bill adopted by legislator - in 2020 it has to pass a referendum
Nov 21, 2019

In the night of Wednesday 13 November, the End of Life Choice Bill passed the New Zealand parliament in its third and final vote (with 69 votes to 51). It will now go to referendum alongside the 2020 general election.

WMA no longer speaks of 'unethical' when it comes to euthanasia
Nov 14, 2019

In her newly adopted Declaration on Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicidethe World Medical Association (WMA) no longer considers euthanasia as ‘unethical’ and also no longer explicitly condemns medical practice of it. The WMA maintains its firm opposition to euthanasia and suicide assistance. 

Japan RTD Society JSDD publishes Newsletter 175
Nov 10, 2019

The Japan Society for Dying with Dignity (JSDD) published Newsletter 175; you can download and read the English summary here.

AFDMD-Spain publishes Newsletter Revista no 80
Nov 10, 2019

AFDMD-Spain published the last issue of their magazine: Revista DMD nº 80 (Spanish only).

MAiD bill introduced in Taiwan
Nov 2, 2019

On Friday the 1st of November, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Jason Hsu unveiled a “dignified end of life” bill, which would be Asia’s first special act on euthanasia if passed.

Belgian politician wants to debate 'fullfilled life'
Oct 31, 2019

The president of the political party 'Open Vld' (Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats), Gwendolyn Rutten, considers the time is ripe to open a debate on the right to die of those who consider their life is fulfilled, she pleaded in the Belgian newspaper 'De Morgen'. 

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