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Japan Society JSDD publishes Newsletter 152
Feb 2, 2014

Japanese Society JSDD published its 152nd Newsletter, to be read here.

Cambridge University Union Debate favours Asssited Dying Law
Feb 2, 2014

On January 16th, the Cambridge University Union (founded in 1811, now the oldest continually operating debating society in the world), voted 207 to 67 (with 54 abstentions) to legalize Assisted Dying.  Speaking in support of the motion were John Harris (Professor of Bioethics at Manchester University), Colin Brewer (retired psychiatrist, formerly on the Board of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society), and Michael Irwin

Francine Lalonde, Canadian assisted dying campaigner dies at age 73
Feb 2, 2014

CBC Canada reported on January 18, 2014:

Francine Lalonde, the former Quebec MP who tried unsuccessfully to have a right-to-die bill passed by Parliament, has died of bone cancer, the Bloc Québécois announced today. The 73 year-old died shortly after the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to hear an appeal about whether the prohibition against assisted suicide is constitutional.
Lalonde, an 18-year veteran of the House of Commons,

Ministerial committee to consider 'death by prescription' bill
Feb 2, 2014

The ISRAELHAYOM newsletter reports 24 January 2014:

A Ministerial Committee on Legislation plans to debate a new bill that seeks to legalize doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
The proposal, dubbed the "death by prescription" bill, was drafted by MK Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid). It will be presented to the committee soon. Shelah aims to amend the existing Terminal Patient Law,

Video on the (German) question of euthanasia
Feb 2, 2014

From Deutsche Welle: In Germany, euthanasia is illegal, but medically-assisted suicide is not forbidden. That means anyone who supplies a terminally-ill patient with poison isn't performing a criminal act. Peter Puppe is a retired teacher. Though he has no medical background, he helps terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives. But many politicians in Germany want to ban any form of assisted suicide. See instructive video here.

Coronation Street addresses the right to die
Feb 2, 2014

Millions of viewers in the UK tuned in to watch the final scenes of one of its most popular characters Hayley Cropper in the long running soap Coronation Street. Viewers saw Hayley, played by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, take an overdose after giving up her struggle with incurable cancer.The actress, who joined the soap in 1998 to play the Street's first transsexual and won the hearts of the nation with her on-screen romance with cafe owner Roy, played by David Neilson, has also spoken out in support of the storyline. She said it had been "a responsibility" and "a real privilege" and

Scottish Bill now in Committee
Feb 2, 2014

The Scottish bill of Margo MacDonald has been sent to a Parliamentary Committee for scrutiny. This committee is expected to send out calls for evidence within the next couple of weeks. Please keep tract of the news on this site. A special

Belgian Senate aproves the bill to allow euthanasia for children
Jan 27, 2014

The outcome was expected, but observers were astonished at the margin of victory. By a vote of 50 to 17, the Belgian Senate has approved euthanasia for children. When the bill finally passes – which now seems quite certain – there will be no age limit for choosing to die at the hands of Belgian doctor. The next step is a vote in the lower house, which will probably take place in May.

Most Chinese have open mind towards euthanasia
Jan 16, 2014

ChinaDaily (in an article by Wang Hongy from Shanghai) reported on a recent survey by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (December 2013) , which shows that about 70% of 3400 polled residents from 34 cities 'do not object to euthanasia or can accept the idea'. This would imply that two third of Chinese have an open mind towards euthanasia.
The topic of death has long been taboo in China. In Chinese tradition,

UK Panel of senior judges to prepare a ruling on Right to Die
Dec 23, 2013

The Telegraph in London (John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor) reported on 8 December 2013, that a full panel of nine Supreme Court Justices, headed by Lord Neuberger, the court’s President, is to be convened next week to hear the culmination of three separate legal challenges to the current ban on assisted suicide. The three cases have been put into one ‘super-case’ to allow a sweeping judgment on the current state of the law in England and Wales.

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