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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: assisted suicide under certain conditions not punishable
Sep 27, 2019

On Wednesday September 25, the Italian Constitutional Court ruled 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.

Dutch prosecutors asked the Supreme Court to bring clarity on how doctors should deal with incapacitated patients
Sep 26, 2019

Two weeks after the court in first instance ruled that the nursing home doctor who applied euthanasia to an elderly dementia sufferer, met all the requirements of the euthanasia law, Dutch prosecutors asked the Supreme Court to rule further on this case, in order to gain clarity on how doctors should deal with incapacitated patients.

VAD bill passed West Australian Lower House
Sep 25, 2019

As predicted one month ago, the Voluntary Assisted Dying bill that was tabled in the Lower House in August, now passed this Lower House. The bill garnered more votes on its final reading (45 to 11) than the earlier vote that enabled its detailed consideration. 

Terminally ill man challenges law in England
Sep 24, 2019

A terminally ill man says he hopes to end "hopeless futures" by attempting to change the law on assisted dying. Phil Newby, who has Motor Neurone Disease (MND), has raised more than £40,000 to challenge England's law on assisted dying. His legal bid would take a different approach to previous UK cases by allowing judges to cross-examine witnesses and evidence.

Nova Scotia Health Authority ends Catholic hospital's exemption from providing MAiD
Sep 23, 2019

Under the threat of a possible court challenge, Nova Scotia has quietly changed its policy on medically assisted dying at a Catholic hospital in the province. 

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