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Interview witrh Desmond Tutu
Jul 11, 2015

In an effort to support South African initiatives for legalisation of assisted dying Desmond Tutu gave an interview, which was shown at the Chicago Conference last September. It is now available to be seen on you tube: click here to see and hear.

Maine to join other states: LD 1270 in the Legislature
Jul 11, 2015

A report from Valerie Lovelace: Today I am both happy and sad. I’m happy that LD 1270, An Act Regarding Patient-Directed Care at the End-of-Life, enjoyed a Committee hearing, a Committee working session, two Senate hearings with roll call votes, an historic House hearing with a roll call vote—all in the space of just two months.  The first Senate hearing on Monday resulted in an 18-17

Dutch paediatrician's plea: give terminally ill children under 12 the right to die
Jul 11, 2015

Terminally ill children in unbearable suffering should be given the right to die, the Dutch Paediatric Association has said, calling for the current age limit of 12 years old to be scrapped. Eduard Verhagen, a paediatrics professor at Groningen University, who is on the organisation's ethics commission, said: "We feel that an arbitrary age limit such as 12 should be changed

Summary on proceedings in Canada 2015
Jun 13, 2015

Derryck Smith, Co-chair of the medical Advisory Board of DWD Canada wrote this article to summarise all what has happened in Canada, starting with Quebec last year and this year February with the BCC verdict.

WFRtDS Newsletter June 2015 published
Jun 13, 2015

WF Newsletter June 2015 published, read it here.

Die letzte Hilfe! Ärzte aus dem In- und Ausland diskutieren über Suizidhilfe
Jun 13, 2015

Wir, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Humanes Sterben DGHS,  laden Sie herzlich zu unserer international besetzten Podiumsdiskussion ein am 20 Juni in Berlin. Wir freuen uns, wenn Sie an ihr teilnehmen. Andere Interessierte sind ebenfalls willkommen. Sehe die Flyer hier.

Symposium in Berlin: Die letzte Hilfe! Ärzte aus dem In- und Ausland diskutieren über Suizidhilfe
Jun 13, 2015

The German DGHS invites you to attend the international debate (Podiumsdiskussion) in Berlin on June 20, 2015. Simultaneous translation available.  See the flyer here.

Non-doctor cleared of prosecution for helping his mother of 99 die; a new step in the Netherlands?
May 29, 2015

(From New York Times): A Dutch appeals court on Wednesday cleared a man of any criminal responsibility for helping his 99-year-old mother take her own life — a case that aimed to create precedents for assisting suicide in a country where euthanasia already is legal under certain circumstances. Judges in the city of Arnhem said Albert Heringa should not be prosecuted for helping his mother die in 2008 by giving her enough pills for a fatal overdose. In a written verdict, the appeals court said Heringa had to decide between obeying the law against assisting suicide and his "unwritten moral duty" to help his mother achieve her wish for "a painless, peaceful and dignified death." Heringa "could not

Australian doctor Rodney Syme's invitation to speak rescinded
May 29, 2015

Doctors, politicians and lawyers have come out swinging after a controversial urologist saw his invitation to speak at a prestigious national medical event rescinded.Dr Rodney Syme was set to headline a plenary session and "end of life" panel discussion at the annual conference of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians later this month, but has been "uninvited" from the Cairns event.It was revealed last week that Dr Syme publicly handed lethal illegal medication to a terminal cancer victim, Mr Ray Godbold​ of Inverloch. The exchange of the drug Nembutal – commonly used by vets to euthanise pets – was an act of defiance meant to draw attention to the "right to die" issue.

Scottish parliament rejects assisted dying law
May 29, 2015

(The Guardian) MSPs vote 82-36 against bill that proposed those with terminal illnesses could seek help of doctor to end their lives, after deeply personal debate The Scottish parliament has voted to reject legislation on assisted dying following a heartfelt and at times deeply personal debate on Wednesday, carried out in the shadow of the late MSP Margo MacDonald, who initiated the bill before her death last year. MSPs voted by 82 to 36 against the general principles of the assisted suicide (Scotland) bill. It had proposed that those with