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Scottish Parliament's health committee started hearing on assisted suicide bill
Jan 14, 2015

The Scottish Parliament's health committee has started the hearings on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill. The first to be heard were legal experts, the police  and bodies representing medical professionals. Read here the first day's report from BBC.com.

Initiator Truus Postma of Dutch Euthanasia Law died
Jan 14, 2015

Just received the message that Truus Postma (retired GP who in 1972 applied euthanasia on the seriously ill mother died in December last year. She was picked up by the police, the villagers of Noordwolde came massively in action. Still she  was prosecuted and her case (resulting in 1 week suspended sentence) in 1973 became world news.

Prescribing end-of-life conversation
Jan 13, 2015

Read an interesting article on communication around the end-of-life.  When debating end-of-life care,  many times these debates are limited to a "yes or no" towards assisted (aid) in dying. We tend to forget that the end-of-life starts earlier then the moment where doctors say

Guide for professionals on Refraining from Food and Fluids published in the Netherlands
Jan 13, 2015

In a position paper from 2011, the Royal Dutch Medical Association (RDMA) ascertained that physicians must be better trained to provide guidance to patients who choose to stop eating and drinking. Today the RDMA - together with the Dutch Nurses' Association - issued a guideline to

Study shows Norwegian doctors perform euthanasia 40 times annually
Jan 12, 2015

Ole Peder Kjeldstadli, chair of the Norwegian RtD Society Foreningen Retten til en Verdig Død, commented in Dagbladet on an article by Karsten Hytten and Svein Aarseth concerning the practice of euthanasia in Norway. After explaining the differences between passive and active euthanasia, Kjelstadli says “…when the right to self-determination, in principle, is legally respected when it comes to passive euthanasia, it is in my opinion inconsistent not to respect the self-determination when there is talk of (active) euthanasia”. He continues

Did Belgian criminal's request endangered legal euthanasia practice?
Jan 9, 2015

An opinion article (by Rob Jonquière)
The request for and announcements around  the euthanasia of Belgian prisoner has released tons of publications and debates around the world. At the centre of these discussions was of course the issue whether this was the definite proof of the so much feared slippery slope, or whether it demonstrated the legal and juridical strength of the law. Summarizing

Israeli District Court undertaking creative legal acrobatics advances 2005 Dying Patient Law
Jan 7, 2015

HAARETZ: The recent Tel Aviv District Court ruling allowing a patient with terminal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease) to end his life is a courageous decision. It advances the rights of an individual vis-a-vis his life and death, above and beyond the 2005 Dying Patient Law, which allows a person to refuse life-saving medical treatment only if their life expectancy is less than six months.
The court

Dying with Dignity Canada submits to the special BC Government Select Committee on physician assisted dying (PAD)
Jan 7, 2015

Last year, the B.C. Government forged an all-party committee to study how the province’s healthcare system can be improved. As part of its research, the Select Standing Committee on Health reached out to B.C. residents for input on a number of healthcare-related questions — including the future of end-of-life care in the province. Read here Dying with Dignity Canada's Submission to B.C.'s Select Standing on Health.

Vincent Lambert case finally before the European Court of Human Rights
Jan 6, 2015

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will deliberate this week on the fate of Vincent Lambert, the 38 year old quadriplegic currently being in a vegetative state. The Strasbourg judges will consider the case at a hearing. The hearing concerns teh conflict between his wife Rachel, who wishes to "let him go" and his parents, who refuse to stop the feeding and artificial hydration of their son.
The parents challenge the decision

Vincent Lambert devant la Cour Européenne des Droits de l’Homme
Jan 6, 2015

La Cour européenne des droits de l'Homme (CEDH) se penche mercredi sur le sort de Vincent Lambert, ce tétraplégique de 38 ans plongé dans un état végétatif. Les juges de Strasbourg vont examiner, lors d'une audience, le conflit entre son épouse Rachel, qui souhaite le "laisser partir", et ses parents, qui refusent l'arrêt de l'alimentation et de l'hydratation artificielles de leur fils. Mais il faudra encore attendre pour connaître l'épilogue de ce feuilleton judiciaire à rebondissements, la Grande chambre de la CEDH ne devant rendre son arrêt que dans au moins un à deux mois.

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