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Before Forever After:When Conversations About Living Meet Questions About Dying
Jun 30, 2018

Helena Dolny, writer of Before Forever After believes we’d live better and suffer less if we were to talk about dying more readily.  It was Archbishop Desmond Tutu who told her: ‘This taboo about not talking about dying needs to be challenged.’  She took up this challenge, set out to interview a broad range of

Venezuela professor publishes a new book on euthanasia
Jun 30, 2018

Rafael Aguiar, a professor of Health Law in Venezuela, has been defending the fundamental right to die in Venezuela for 20 years now. His new book "Derecho a Morir con Dignidad: principios fundamentales" has to be seen as an update from

California's end-of-life act stays in limbo
Jun 17, 2018

California's limbo continues, uncertainty for the future as well! The Appellate Court in California this week granted Compassion Choices emergency petition to stay the Superior Court's decision to invalidate the End of Life Option Act (see earlier news here). This means

Annual Report Dutch Review Committees 2107 published
Jun 1, 2018

The Dutch Euthanasia Review Committees published their 2017 report. Main outcomes are:

In 2017 the Review Committees received 6585 reports( 2016: 6091), which is 4,4% (2016: 4%) of all 150.027 deaths in the Netherlands (2016: 148.973).

DWD Canada publishes News Update May 2018
Jun 1, 2018

DWD Canada publishes News Update May 2018, read it here.

Japanese Society JSDD publishes its Newsletter 169
Jun 1, 2018

Japanese Society JSDD publishes its Newsletter 169, read it here.

104-year old Australian scientist ended his life in Switzerland
May 31, 2018

In a case which has attracted world-wide attention, 104-year-old Australian scientist Dr David Goodall went to Switzerland to die at Lifecircle . Dr  Goodall, a distinguished ecologist who retired in 1979, was frail but not terminally ill. Hence he would not have been eligible to move to the Australian state of Victoria to die there under its new euthanasia legislation. Dr Goodall was

Go Gentle Australia published its May 2018 News Update
May 31, 2018

Go Gentle Australia published its May 2018 News Update. Read it here.

Spain to consider euthanasia law
May 31, 2018

BioEdge reports: Spain's Parliament (See Spanish article in ABC Sociedad) has voted to consider a bill that would legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide in the country, though the prospects of legalisation succeeding are slim.  Parliamentarians voted 175-136 in favour of

Interesting debate in Trinidad and Tobago on physician mindset
May 31, 2018

In a Guest editorial (2006) in the Caribbean Medical Journal, Dr Leonard Bernstein, DMD, MPH stated that too often physicians wind up with a mindset that all diseases have to be treated as much and as long as possible to keep the patient alive. For many centuries the rise of this mindset


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