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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. 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
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.
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
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
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)
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.