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Volker Kauder (CDU) has announced his plan to propose a new Assisted Dying Bill in the fall of this year. This new Bill will further restrict the possibilities for legal assistance with suicide (now legal in Germany!) by explicitly make not only assistance "with profit", but also assistance by a RtD organisation ilegal. Under the leadership of lawyer (and Bundestagabgeordente) Ingrid Matthäus-Mayer a coalition to oppose this initiative has formed with the following
Wie bereits angekündigt, wurde ein Bündnis humanistischer Organisationen auf den Weg gebracht. Unter Federführung der Bundestagsabgeordenten a.D. Ingrid Matthäus-Mayer haben die Bemühungen dazu erheblich an Tempo gewonnen. Zwischenzeitlich hat Unionsfraktionschef Volker Kauder (CDU) erstmals einen konkreten Zeitplan für ein neues Sterbehilfegesetzes genannt. Danach soll es schon im Herbst verabschiedet werden. Mit dem Gesetz soll nicht nur die auf Gewinn ausgerichtete Beihilfe zum Suizid, sondern jegliche organisierte Form der Beihilfe zur Selbsttötung verboten werden.
The UK Telegraph (John Bingham and James Kirkup) reported: "the legislation of assisted suicide has moved a significant step close after the government made clear that it would not stand in way change law.Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs and peers – including Coalition ministers – will be given a free vote on a Bill that would enable doctors to help terminally ill patients to die. The proposed legislation will come before Parliament in the next few months."
VES South Africa published its February 2014 Newsletter on the developments there.
Boudewijn Chabot, Dutch psychiatrist who extensively studied and published on self directed dying, has opened a website, where one can find information on "Taking Control of your Death", including the possibility to order books and DVD's non the subject, considering three methods: medication, stopping eating and drinking, and helium.
King Philippe signed the law which aims to extend the legal framework allowing euthanasia, under certain conditions, to minors. A psychologist will have to ascertain the capacity of discernment of the minor. Only terminally ill minors facing unbearable and hopeless physical suffering can - supervised by a medical team - and with parental consent only, benefit from this new law, if they ask for the termination of their life. Belgium is the first country to
Libera Uscita, Italy, published its newsletter Il Punto nr 116, February 2014 (Italian only). Read it here.
Libera Uscita, Italia, pubblicato il bollettino Il Punto nr 11,Febbraio 2014. Leggi qui.
A Swiss team of researchers - in the scope of the Swiss National Cohort Study - lead by Matthias Egger from Bern published in the International Journal of Epidemiology of January 2014 the results of their examination of socio-economic factors associated with assisted suicide. In this study they linked the suicides assisted by right-to-die associations during 2003–08 to a census-based longitudinal study of the Swiss population.
Key conclusions were: