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Le Sénat a rejeté le loi sur la fin de vie
Jul 12, 2015

Le Sénat a rejeté ce 23 juin, en première lecture, la proposition de loi sur la fin de vie, par 196 votes contre (la gauche, une partie des sénateurs de droite ou du centre) et 87 votes pour (dont 85 Les Républicains/LR et 2 centristes).

French Senate rejected the bill on the end of life
Jul 12, 2015

France’s debate over end-of-life care goes to the Senate, with a bill that would allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, but stops short of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. The new bill would give people “the right to

The Economist’s cover story on assisted dying
Jul 12, 2015

Cory Ruf (DWD Canada) wrote an excellent blog on the Economist Issue (read it  here):

The magazine has devoted impressive space, including the cover, to the legalization of assisted dying, which is being considered in the U.K. The issue boasts a 4,400-word feature article documenting the recent rise in support for physician assisted dying in Western countries. Here are five points worth noting:

SAVES (Australia) publishes its Newsletter nr 16
Jul 12, 2015

In its Newsletter nr 16 (read it here) SAVES Australia writes about a possible changing attitude regarding end of life criteria. Would no longer a terminal illness be in the centre, but instead would it not be better to focus on suffering (unbearable and hopeless)?

Hemlock of Illinois changes its name: Final Options llinois
Jul 12, 2015

Hemlock of Illinois has changed its name to Final Options Illinois. A message from their President Ed Gogol can be found here. Final Options Illinois is now registered on the WF website as non-member organisation

Canadian medical schools readying doctors: Learning to help take a life
Jul 11, 2015

Canada's medical schools are preparing for what was once unimaginable - teaching medical students and residents how to help patients take their own lives.

Interview witrh Desmond Tutu
Jul 11, 2015

In an effort to support South African initiatives for legalisation of assisted dying Desmond Tutu gave an interview, which was shown at the Chicago Conference last September. It is now available to be seen on you tube: click here to see and hear.

Maine to join other states: LD 1270 in the Legislature
Jul 11, 2015

A report from Valerie Lovelace: Today I am both happy and sad. I’m happy that LD 1270, An Act Regarding Patient-Directed Care at the End-of-Life, enjoyed a Committee hearing, a Committee working session, two Senate hearings with roll call votes, an historic House hearing with a roll call vote—all in the space of just two months.  The first Senate hearing on Monday resulted in an 18-17

Dutch paediatrician's plea: give terminally ill children under 12 the right to die
Jul 11, 2015

Terminally ill children in unbearable suffering should be given the right to die, the Dutch Paediatric Association has said, calling for the current age limit of 12 years old to be scrapped. Eduard Verhagen, a paediatrics professor at Groningen University, who is on the organisation's ethics commission, said: "We feel that an arbitrary age limit such as 12 should be changed

What happened in California?
Jul 11, 2015

The End of Life Options Act - Californian bill SB 128 -  passed a 23-14 vote in the Senate in June. Senators Monning and Wolk sponsored this Bill, following the Oregon model. A serious and first important step towards legalisation was taken. But, before the Assembly Health Committee was going to debate and tear down the bill on July 7, the lawmakers decided to