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British Medical Association again refused going 'neutral' on the right to die issue
Jun 21, 2016

Again, the Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) in Belfast has voted against going neutral on assisted suicide by a two to one majority. The debate took place after a previous motion affirming that ‘it is not appropriate at this time to debate whether or not to change existing BMA policy’ was defeated by 164 to 160.
But then the Delegates rejected motion 80, ‘that this meeting believes that the BMA should adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying’, by 198 to 115 (63% to 37%).

Dr Larry Egbert of Final Exit Network USA died
Jun 15, 2016

Dr. Lawrence Deems Egbert, 87, has died. He suffered a heart attack on Thursday and died without suffering. He lived in Baltimore. He leaves a widow, Ellen Barfield. Larry was extensively involved in the right-to-die movement for many years, and was formerly medical director of the

California USA next state to legalize the Right to Die
Jun 9, 2016

As of June 9, 2016 the Californian End-of-Life Options Act - approved in the Parliament last year October 5, has come in effect. It closely follows the well proven Oregon model. Visit the special website with information  by clicking here.

Peggy Battin's "The Ethics of Suicide"
May 27, 2016

Peggy Battin's book "The Ethics on Suicide" , published by  Oxford University Press is now available with a discount: see flyer and discount offer here . The book is part of a Blog Platform from the University Library.

Australian Medical Association to change its policy re aid in dying?
May 27, 2016

ABC News (Lexi Metherell) reports today: The Australian Medical Association (AMA) may change its position on voluntary euthanasia to one of neutrality, after a regular review of its long-held stance against the practice. This has been said by representatives of the AMA after survey responses from

Exciting times in Canada with 6 June nearing
May 26, 2016

The Globe and Mail Toronto (Joan Bryden) reports today:
Medical regulators in every province have issued detailed guidelines doctors must follow to help suffering patients end their lives once Canada’s ban on medically assisted dying is formally lifted next month. And most of those guidelines impose safeguards similar to — or even more stringent than — those included in the federal government’s proposed new law on assisted death.
The existence of guidelines

EXIT Italia celebrates 20 years anniversary
May 25, 2016

During the weekend of 24 and 25 September 2016, EXIT Italia organises a meeting in Torino, Italy, to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Members of WFRtDS are invited - others can get information at their e-mail exit-italia@fastwebnet.it See for further information attached letter and form.

New Committee elected in Amsterdam
May 25, 2016

At the Delegates meeting in Amsterdam (May 11 & 14, 2016) the delegates elected a new Committee:

 

Sean Davison (South Africa) )  President
Jeanne Arthur (Aus)    Secretary
Jean-Jacques Bise (CH)   Treasurer

Soichi Iwao (Japan)
Derryck Smith (Canada)

World Medical Association is putting 'End-of-Life Decisions' on their Agenda
May 25, 2016

At the meeting of the Council of the World Medical Association (WMA)  late April 2016 in Buenos Aires, a paper written by the Dutch KNMG and their Canadian colleagues was explained in order to reach a review of the position of the WMA regarding euthanasia and assisted dying. 

AAVIVRE..sa fin de vie publishes spring newsletter
May 25, 2016

AAVIVRE..sa fin de vie publishes spring 2016 newsletter - read it here (in French)

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