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The Missoulian Newspaper reports: The Montana House is backing a plan to ban physician-assisted suicide in Montana.
The chamber backed House Bill 505 Wednesday February 28, 2013 in a 54-45 initial vote. Supporters say it is needed to protect elderly people from potential abuse of heirs seeking money.
Amidst the usual large number of opinion pieces of various weight, John Wiloughby - our PubMed reporter - found only one interesting article:"It caught my eye because it appeals to my prejudices - the rule of double effect can be viewed as a flimsy affair for more than the reason of 'what did the medical team really intend - to relieve symptoms or to hasten death?'. It now appears that the philosophical distinction between 'intended' and 'foreseen' effects has been found wanting. Nice".
DWD Canada is back "on trial" again in the Carter Case. The Federal Attorney General appeals the BC Supreme Court Ruling that gave Canadians who are grievously ill the right to medical assistance to help them die. The case will be heard in the BC Supreme Court house
BioEdge reports: Tasmanians are once again gearing up for a debate over euthanasia. Labor Premier Lara Giddings and her Greens Deputy Nick McKim released a report this week arguing that euthanasia and assisted suicide are compassionate responses for “patients who are dying in prolonged suffering”.
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.
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.
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