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Le Roi Philippe a signé la nouveau loi d'Euthanasie Belgique
Mar 12, 2014

Le Roi Philippe a signé la loi qui vise à étendre le cadre légal autorisant l’euthanasie, dans certaines conditions, aux mineurs d’âge dont un psychologue aura reconnu la capacité de discernement.  Seuls les mineurs faisant face à des souffrances physiques insupportables et inapaisables, en phase terminale, pourront, encadrés par une équipe médicale, et moyennant l’accord parental, bénéficier de l’euthanasie qu’ils auront sollicitée. La Belgique est le premier pays

Opposition formation against new plans to restrict German Assisted Suicide
Mar 12, 2014

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

Neues Humanistisches Bündnis – Arztprozess wegen Sterbehilfe
Mar 12, 2014

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.

Assisted suicide moves closer as UK Government allows free vote
Mar 12, 2014

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."

February 2014 Newsletter from South African VES published
Mar 12, 2014

VES South Africa published its February 2014 Newsletter on the developments there.

Book and DVD on Taking Control of your Death to be ordered from Chabot's website
Mar 12, 2014

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.

Il Punto 116 - Notizio di Libera Uscita pubblicato
Mar 11, 2014

Libera Uscita, Italia, pubblicato il bollettino Il Punto nr 11,Febbraio 2014.  Leggi qui.

Il Punto 116 - Notizio di Libera Uscita published
Mar 11, 2014

Libera Uscita, Italy, published its newsletter Il Punto nr 116, February 2014 (Italian only). Read it here.

Belgian Parliament passes new euthanasia bill: international media attention
Mar 3, 2014

On 13 February the Belgian Parliament passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions. When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.

Victim of traffic accident colours the French right to die debate
Mar 3, 2014

Vincent Lambert – a young man since 5 years in coma after a traffic accident – has become the centre of an heated debate on end-of-life decisions in France. His wife and the medical team decided, completely in accordance with the Leonetti Law and thus legally, to let him die. However his parents – fierce Catholics – did not agree and decided to have him kept alive. Even the court has ordered for him to be resuscitated.

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