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New attempt to introduce laws to decriminalise assisted suicide in Isle of Man
Feb 3, 2015

Manx Radiop reports: Rushen Manx House of Keys member Juan Watterson will ask for political backing to introduce new laws decriminalising assisted suicide this week.In the House of Keys he’ll ask MHKs for leave to introduce new laws to allow assisted dying.It’s after a petition for redress of grievance was handed to Tywnald by Millie Blenkinsop-French last July

Quebec prepares to implement Bill 52
Feb 2, 2015

The DWD Canada blog reports on the activities around Quebec’s landmark end-of-life care, the first of its kind to be passed in Canada. It is set to come into force in less than a year. But many questions remain about how it will be implemented and also how it will jibe with federal law. Read the whole blog and the report here.

Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association hosted important conference about dying with dignity
Feb 2, 2015

Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, in the scope of celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, held an important conference about dying with dignity – euthanasia. In their 25 year history this was likely the most important and relevant meeting on an ethical subject which was ever hosted. It was very well attended and received enormous media attention

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 1, 2015 published
Jan 29, 2015

NVVE, the Dutch RtD Society, published the 1rst issue of 2015 of RELEVANT, their quarterly magazine.

An English summary can be read here.

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 156
Jan 29, 2015

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 156. You can read the English summary here.

Scottish Parliament's Health committee continues hearing on assisted suicide bill
Jan 29, 2015

The Health Committee of the Scottish Parliament continued its deliberations and hearings on the (Margo MacDonald's)  Bill to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland.

California Lawmakers Introduce Oregon-Style Assisted Suicide Bill
Jan 29, 2015

(Reuters) - California lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, an effort tearfully welcomed by the mother of Brittany Maynard who moved to Oregon last year to avail herself of a death-with-dignity law there. The bill proposed by two

New Book with essays on assited suicide to appear in the UK
Jan 25, 2015

On January 29, 2015 I'll See Myself Out, Thank You will appear. These essays are brought together and edited by Colin Brewer and Michael Irwin. It will be available from Amazon.comA series of recent landmark cases have highlighted the issues surrounding assisted suicide and

Will Washington DC be one of next states to legalise?
Jan 20, 2015

Washington D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh has introduced legislation that would make physician-assisted suicide legal in the nation’s capital for individuals with a terminal illness. The bill would establish a process by which a terminally ill patient expected to live no longer than six months could request medication to end his or her life.
If the legislation is adopted, the District would join five states

UK Legislation to give terminally ill patients the right to die unlikely to be passed before May general election
Jan 18, 2015

The Guardian reported: The assisted dying bill proposed by former Labour lord chancellor Lord Falconer of Thoroton, aiming to give terminally ill patients the right to die is unlikely to pass through parliament before May’s general election, after a debate in the Lords only managed to address only a handful of over 150 amendments to be discussed.
During Friday’s debate