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AFP (France's Press Agency) reported: France’s medical ethics council said on February 14, 2013 that assisted suicide should be allowed in exceptional cases when suffering patients make “persistent and lucid requests” in a step forward to legalizing euthanasia.
France’s peak medical body, the Conseil national de l'ordre des médecins (CNOM, the national council of the college of physicians) has endorsed euthanasia. This marks the first time that a French medical body has taken this step.
The decision was supported by a telephone survey of 605 French doctors which showed that 60% were in favour of active euthanasia.
Irish Television Channel RTE reports: The Irish Supreme Court have begun to hear the appeal of the unanimous decision by the High Court in Ireland, that upheld the Irish assisted suicide law.
Seven judges of the [Irish] Supreme Court have begun hearing an appeal by Wicklow woman Marie Fleming against the refusal of the High Court to relax the absolute ban on assisted suicide.
Dying with Dignity Victoria DWDV published its Newsletter Update issue 161, February 2013.
A new Right to Die in Digtnity Society in South Africa - DignitySA - just announced the opening of membership options. The Society is founded by Sean Davison, the professor who was found guilty of assisting his mother to die in New Zealand. See the news item on our website here.
The announcement was made in their Blog and website
Hosting Society FEN announced today the definite dates of the forthcoming WF Conference in Chicago in 2014. See the announcement on top of the home pageof this site.
Following Oregon and Washington, a growing number of States in the USA have (re)started their endeavours to create the legal right for a free choice at the end of life and dignity in dying. These States are:
ERGO reports: Professor Ronald Dworkin, who has died aged 81, was, at various times, Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford, Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University and Jeremy Bentham Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London; he was widely regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of law of the post-war era. Dworkin’s books include Life’s Dominion (1990), dealing with the ‘right to Life’ debate. This book is sub-titled "An Argument about Abortion, Euthanasia, and individual Freedom"
Since beginning this year 2013, two societies have been granted interim membership by the WFRtDS Board, in expectancy of the definite decision by delegates in 2014 at the WF Biennial in Chicago.
Dr Bonnemaison, a 52 year old French emergency doctor from Bayonne, was struck off the regional register by the Aquitane Disciplinary Chamber of the “Ordre des Médecins”. He is also still under judicial scrutiny since August 2011 for “intoxicating 7 particularly vulnerable, elderly patients at the end of their life, by injecting substances that might have hastened their dying”. This indictment could result in a lifetime imprisonment. A petition to support this brave doctor can be signed here.