Interested in more news on the Right to Die? ERGO circulates on a regular basis an electronic newslist with news from around the world.
The Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (MSP Margo MacDonald) , according to its Summary, published on the Scottish Parliament official website "enables people with terminal or life, shortening illnesses or progressive conditions which are terminal or life-shortening and who wish to end their own lives to obtain assistance in doing so" by removing criminal and liability from those who provide such aid.
Developments are abundant in the United States. Here is what we see coming in the coming year:
California legislators will introduce
The campaigner for Dying with Dignity, Peter Short of Melbourne, died yesterday, less than a year since he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer on his 57th birthday.
Earlier we have reported about the work that Peter has done for the campaign during 2014. Specifically, he has provided significant support to Senator Di Natale’s Exposure draft of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014.
Right-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy, who won a landmark ruling to clarify the law on assisted suicide, has died. The 51-year-old from Bradford had lived with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) for almost 20 years. Ms Purdy died on 23 December in London's Marie Curie Hospice.
Final Exit Network used their December 2014 Newsletter to report on two major issues: the 'fight" between Hemlock San Diego and AARP (a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives) on the refusal of the latter to have Hemlock setting up an information stand. And - secondly - an extensive report on the Chicago Conference. Read it here.
The film 37: A Final Promise is a dramatic depiction of a real-life romance with a tragic twist. Members of the WFRtDS can view the film on Vimeo on Demand for a discount: $3.99. Visit the special website here.
The film takes the debate a step further, suggesting that a person facing a terminal illness should be empowered to make the ultimate decision about her own body
In all debates around the world about the Right to Die, wordings and use of definitions cause misunderstandings. Paula Span wrote an article (NY Times, April 2014) on "Language of War", being (mis)used when describing end of life situations. Canadian Doctor Stephen Workman
Associazone Luca Coscione produced a video in which Italian citizens apeal to members of the Italian Parliament to - at least! - table a parliamentary debate on the Euthanasia Law deposited already in September 2013 (!). See the video (English subtitles available) by clicking here.
Associazone Luca Coscione: Un appello al Parlamento per la legalizzazione dell'eutanasia, e il pieno riconoscimento del testamento biologico, come prevede la proposta di legge di iniziativa popolare promossa dall'Associazione Luca Coscioni e dal Comitato Eutanasia Legale depositata alla Camera dei deputati il 13 settembre 2013. Vedere il video (sottotitoli in inglese disponibili) cliccando qui.
Although no legalisation of any form of aid in dying is tabled, the Bundestag started a debate on euthanasia recently. Five caucuses have developed on the issue, mostly crossing party lines. Some want to tighten rules against euthanasia, and others to legalize it as Belgium and the Netherlands have done.