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EXITUS RY Finland launches Living Will
Oct 10, 2019

On October 8, 2019 Exitus Ry Finland launches the idea of a “Dying Will” (advance directive). The idea is that someone can declare and sign his/her position concerning assisted dying in certain circumstances when the prognosis is poor and she/he is suffering. A lot

Belgian RWS publishes Magazine 2019-4
Oct 6, 2019

The Belgian (Dutch-speaking) Right to Die Society RWS published her (Flemish only) Magazine 2019-4, for the months Oktober, November and December 2019. 

Colorado assisted suicide fight headed back to state court
Oct 5, 2019

A legal battle over Colorado's assisted suicide law will be fought in state court. The case is about a terminally ill man and a doctor fired for trying to help him end his life. 

No appeal from Quebec government to landmark ruling
Oct 3, 2019

After the Quebec Tribunal in September declared the requirement in the Canadian Criminal Code, that there must be a reasonably foreseeable natural death, unconstitutional, the Quebec government says it won't appeal to this court ruling.

England: Widow found not guilty of murder after she gave her husband a terminal dose of medicine
Oct 2, 2019

An 80-year-old woman who gave her terminally ill husband a fatal dose of medicine so he could end his life has been cleared of murder, triggering calls for a change in the law on assisted dying.

ADMD Belgium publishes Newsbulletin 152 (Q2 - 2019)
Sep 30, 2019

The Belgian ADMD (Association pour le Droit de Mourir dans la  Dignité) published its Newsbulletin nr 152 (French only), their second newsletter of 2019. 

Canadian woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle
Sep 29, 2019

A Chilliwack woman who spearheaded a nearly four-year fight to access medically assisted dying in Canada will be able to die in her own way when she requests it. Julia Lamb, who has spinal muscular atrophy, announced alongside the BC Civil Liberties Association on Wednesday that they have requested an adjournment in their legal battle against the federal government after an expert witness supplied by Canada's counsel said that Lamb, 28, would be able to qualify for an assisted death.

Wisconsin lawmakers introduce legislation that would legalize physician-assisted suicide
Sep 29, 2019

State lawmakers in Wisconsin have introduced legislation that gives terminally ill patients the option to have doctors help them end their lives. "I think it is immoral to keep those people suffering the last days of their life," said State Senator Fred Risser, D - Madison. Sen. Risser says the first time he introduced the legislation was in 1993 and he believes people's opinions on the topic have changed since then. 

Luxembourg End-Of-Life Tourism Fears Unfounded
Sep 28, 2019

"Fears that Luxembourg would become a country for end-of-life tourism have not been proven", the head of the assisted suicide monitoring body has said.

Italian Constitutional Court declares assisted suicide under certain conditions not punishable
Sep 27, 2019

On Wednesday September 25, the Press Office of the Italian Constitutional Court declared that the Court has considered that assisted dying is not punishable when the person who wants to die is fully capable of taking free and informed decisions and already determined to take his/her own life, when this person suffers intolerably from an irreversible pathology and is kept alive by life-sustaining treatment. The full sentence is awaited later this year. 


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