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Lewis M. Cohen, an American psychiatrist and specialist in palliative medicine and end-of-life issues from Massachusetts USA, uses the experiences of two skilled nurses providing professional terminal pain treatment, to explore what happens when decisions about end-of-life care shift from the hospital to the courtroom.
Eurispes, an Italian Institute of Political, Economic and Social studies, a private entity, operates since 1982. One of the issues reviewed every year is the public opinion on ethical issues around the end-of-life.
In its 25th edition it reports promising figures, showing growth of adherence to euthanasia
Read Lifecircle's second Newsletter here.
The Vermont lawmakers heard more than seven hours of testimony about Death with Dignity last week by both supporters and opponents. Hearings began with the the Senate Health and Welfare Committee members listening to testimony by supporters including former Governor Madeleine Kunin and Attorney General William Sorrell about why a Death with Dignity law should be enacted in the state.
In a press release AQDMD’s President Helène Bolduc reports:
AQDMD brings an end to its involvement in Ginette Leblanc’s court case.
Mrs. Ginette Leblanc has died. Members of the Quebec Association for the Right to Die with Dignity – AQDMD will fondly remember her and her loved ones’ constant support.
New guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC) for the first time make clear that doctors will be able to provide medical records to patients who want them to travel abroad for an assisted suicide without being struck off: handing over records to patients who then use them to take their own life is “too distant” from encouraging a suicide to risk their fitness to practise being called into question.
Read here the most recent Final Exit Network's Newsletter Winter 2012-2013.
The Bill criminalizing commercial (a compromise from the governing coalition) assistance with suicide, on which Merkel's cabinet already reached an agreement, will not make it to the Parliament (Bundestag) as originally foreseen for the end of January. The debate has been postponed for an unidentified time. This implies that - for the time being and in cases of voluntary or terminal conditions - assisted suicide, contrary to wide spread misconceptions, will stay legal in Germany for anybody (doctors included!).
Dutch researchers from VUmc Amsterdam (and other Universities) report on some results from their extensive research into the concept of "dignity" and the relationship with end-of-life decisions and advanced care planning. An instrument to measure factors that might influence was developed: see the original article in Journal of Palliative Medicine, Volume 14, number 5, 2011, 578-568. (1)