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François Hollande accepterait une loi sur la fin de vie sans suicide assisté, ni euthanasie
Dec 31, 2014

Après avoir temporisé durant la moitié de son mandat, François Hollande pense avoir trouvé le point d’équilibre politique sur l’une des plus délicates questions sociétales qui oppose les Français, les partisans et les adversaires de l’euthanasie. Les députés Jean Leonetti (UMP) et Alain Claeys (PS) préconisent

François Hollande accepts an end-of-life law without assisited suicide or euthanasiaicide assisté, ni euthanasie
Dec 31, 2014

After temporising during half of its mandate, François Hollande believes he has found a point of political balance on one of the most delicate issues between the French, supporters and opponents of euthanasia. Mr Jean Leonetti (UMP) and Alain Claeys (PS) advocating

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter December 2014
Dec 30, 2014

Final Exit Network used their December 2014 Newsletter to report on two major issues: the 'fight" between Hemlock San Diego and AARP (a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives) on the refusal of the latter to have Hemlock setting up an information stand. And - secondly -  an extensive report on the Chicago Conference. Read it here.

Film "37: A Final Promise"
Dec 30, 2014

The film 37: A Final Promise is a dramatic depiction of a real-life romance with a tragic twist. Members of the WFRtDS can view the film on Vimeo on Demand for a discount:  $3.99. Visit the special website here.
The film takes the debate a step further, suggesting that a person facing a terminal illness should be empowered to make the ultimate decision about her own body

Italian campaign on Euthanasia in Parliament
Dec 29, 2014

Associazone Luca Coscione produced a video in which Italian citizens apeal to members of the Italian Parliament to - at least! -  table a parliamentary debate on the Euthanasia Law deposited already in September 2013 (!). See the video (English subtitles available) by clicking here.

Eutanasia: il Parlamento si faccia vivo
Dec 29, 2014

Associazone Luca Coscione: Un appello al Parlamento per la legalizzazione dell'eutanasia, e il pieno riconoscimento del testamento biologico, come prevede la proposta di legge di iniziativa popolare promossa dall'Associazione Luca Coscioni e dal Comitato Eutanasia Legale depositata alla Camera dei deputati il 13 settembre 2013. Vedere il video (sottotitoli in inglese disponibili) cliccando qui.

Debate in Germany's Bundestag on euthanasia
Dec 29, 2014

Although no legalisation of any form of aid in dying is tabled, the Bundestag started a debate on euthanasia recently. Five caucuses have developed on the issue, mostly crossing party lines. Some want to tighten rules against euthanasia, and others to legalize it as Belgium and the Netherlands have done.
Germany currently

The Right to Die: using euphemisms or 'language of war'?
Dec 29, 2014

In all debates around the world about the Right to Die, wordings and use of definitions cause misunderstandings. Paula Span wrote an article (NY Times, April 2014) on "Language of War", being (mis)used when describing end of life situations.  Canadian Doctor Stephen Workman

2014 World Right to Die Day
Dec 27, 2014

On November 2, 2014 ADMD-France organised their 7th World Right to Die Day in 100 (!) locations in France. New Zealand joined the initiative with their Kapiti-Horowhenua Branch. They celebrated one day earlier on November 1 with a stall, expecting better public attention on that day, the day Brittany Maynard chose to die. More pictures.

Developments in the UK
Dec 27, 2014

Lord Carlisle QC and Baroness Butler-Sloss, former head of the High Court Family Division, both vocal critics of the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill, called for judicial safeguards to prevent vulnerable people being pressurised to end their life.  The House of Lords unanimously backed key amendments giving a High Court judge a role in any future system of assisted suicide in the UK, during detailed scrutiny of Lord Falconer's proposals. It was the first time Parliament has voted on the bill and was hailed by campaigners

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