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FATE (Scotland) Newsletters published since October 2012
Jul 27, 2014

Fate sent a link to their website to have all thier Newsleters since Oktober 2012 published on the WF website. Interested?  Click here.

UK: Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill passed its first major hurdle, Second Reading.
Jul 27, 2014

from Dignity in Dying's Blog:

Following almost 10 hours of debate last Friday July 18, Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill passed its first major hurdle, a Second Reading.

To become law a Bill has to pass a number of stages (in both Houses of Parliament):

Spanish documentary on free choices at the end of life asks support for crowdfunding
Jul 21, 2014

Two non-profit associations, the AFDMD of Spain, which is dedicated to the defense of the rights of dignified death, and GUTTA CAVAT, specialized in film-making, are collaborating to bring this project to life. With this documentary we want to break the taboo surrounding death, raising a constructive debate about legislation and regulations in regards to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Espagnol: Un documental de creación sobre la muerte voluntaria
Jul 21, 2014

QUÉ ES “ARDERÁS”?
Un documental de creación sobre la muerte voluntaria: la libertad del individuo de elegir en el proceso final de su vida.

Los protagonistas de este documental son mujeres y hombres que, debido a una enfermedad o a un deterioro físico irreversible, eligen la muerte voluntaria. También intervienen aquellas personas que las acompañan y otras que, por azar, se ven afectadas por su elección.

Spanish documentary on free choices at the end of life asks support for crowdfunding
Jul 21, 2014

Two non-profit associations, the AFDMD of Spain, which is dedicated to the defense of the rights of dignified death, and GUTTA CAVAT, specialized in film-making, are collaborating to bring this project to life. With this documentary we want to break the taboo surrounding death, raising a constructive debate about legislation and regulations in regards to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Update on UK House of Lords debate on assisted dying bill
Jul 18, 2014

BBC News reports today:  Opening the debate in a full house , Lord Falconer told peers that the current legal situation permitted the wealthy to travel abroad to take their own life while others were left "in despair" to suffer a "lonely, cruel death".  About 130 peers have requested to speak in a debate on the subject, which started shortly after 10:00 BST. Lord Falconer

Excitement around Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill in UK rises
Jul 17, 2014

Excitement around Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill in UK rises, as tomorrow Friday July 18 the bill will have its second reading in the House of Lords. In the a-foregoing period a number of relevant  individuals have either publicly again  affirmed their position in favour or even admitted to have changed their opinion, like Desmond Tutu and former Archbishop Lord Carey. Read about their motives here:

Three European courts grapple with end-of-life dilemmas
Jul 10, 2014

From Reuters news agency on 25 June 2014 (Tom Heneghan): Three European courts stepped carefully around delicate end-of-life issues on Wednesday, with one rejecting assisted suicide, another delaying it and a third acquitting a doctor from charges he murdered dying patients.
The varied rulings by Britain's Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and a regional French court

The language we use can hinder our ability to discuss the ethical issues.
Jul 10, 2014

Rodney Syme, DWD Victoria´s vice president and member of the WFRtDS Board 2012/2014 published an article in Australian The Saturday Paper titled The Language of Euthanasia (reading recommended! RJ) , especially when realizing that words – how we use and interpret them – are the essence of our understanding of complex human issues, such as euthanasia and (assisted) suicide.

New novel makes strong case for assisted dying
Jul 10, 2014

During his time in London, England, former daily newspaper journalist Scott Nelson spent three years (1995 to 1998) living with and caring for several elderly people suffering from advanced dementia. Now, Scott has self-published The Carer, a short e-novel based on his time working in that role. Read the press release here and how to get a copy.

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