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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'. 

Nembutal raids across France
Oct 27, 2019

On 15 October, members of organisation Ultime Liberte (WF member) were subject to early dawn raids by the French Police. In a tip-off by the US authorities (also in last July), the French Police went knocking on elderly people’s doors at 6am, demanding entry and that they hand over their drugs.

Exit International published its August-October 2019 Newsletter
Oct 26, 2019

 Exit International published its e-deliverance of the period August-October. 

UK police commissioners call for law review
Oct 25, 2019

On the 24th of October, 18 police and crime commissioners in the UK have written a letter to the Secretary of State for Justice, calling for an inquiry into the the current law on assisted dying.    

New Zealand End of Life Choice Bill probably be decided in referendum next year
Oct 24, 2019

On the night of Wednesday October 23, David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill was amended to include a binding referendum on whether it should come into force. This means that New Zealanders will likely be asked to decide whether euthanasia should be legal in a referendum at the 2020 election. 

VAD bill passed Western Australian Upper House in 2nd reading
Oct 23, 2019

On Wednesday 23 October 2019, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passed one of its biggest hurdles after the Upper House voted 25 to 10 in favour of the Bill at the Second Reading.


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