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HBO to air a show on the Right to Die
Feb 18, 2016

This Friday (January 19, 2016) HBO will air a show on international euthanasia (The Right to Die) which the VICE organization has been making for the last year: at 11:00 PM ET/PT immediately following Real Time with Bill Maher. Some HBO channels at 8.30 pm. The program will be shown throughout the world in due course.



Is Dutch euthanasia law adapted to allow dying assistance when demented?
Feb 18, 2016

Press communiqué's (a.o. Dutch News NL) have suggested that "the guidelines  for performing euthanasia on people with severe dementia have been relaxed a little". It turns out to be written assistance document for doctors and patients, emphasizing what the law already allows in situations of

French vote for Terminal Sedation - not euthanasia
Feb 18, 2016

(AP, Jan 27) On January 27, the French Parliament (Lower house and Senate in one day only!)  approved a bill (from Claeys and Leonetti) that could let doctors keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, but stops short of legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide. It would allow patients to

January 2016 Newsletter Final Options Illinois published
Feb 18, 2016

January 2016 Newsletter Final Options Illinois published. Read it here. The Newsletter features an extended article by George Eighmey, President of the Death With Dignity National Center, about California’s historic moment – 25 years in the making – leading up to last October when California Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law.

WF CONFERENCE newsletter February 2016
Feb 16, 2016

The organisers of the Amsterdam meeting have published a Newsletter with most recent information of the progress. Read it here - better still go to the special website and subscribe!!

Death with Dignity National Center published its quarterly Winter 2016
Feb 11, 2016

Death with Dignity National Center published its quarterly Winter 2016. Read it by clicking here.


RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 1, 2016 published
Feb 11, 2016

NVVE published its quarterly RELEVANT, edition 1, 2016.  Read the English Summary here.  The (Dutch only) PDF can be downloaded here (illustrations).

ADMD Belgium published its Newsletter nr 137-138
Feb 10, 2016

ADMD Belgium published its Newsletter nr 137-138. NB in French only. Read it here.

'Death with dignity' approved in South Korea parliament
Feb 10, 2016

Jung Min-ho from The Korea Times reported on the passing of the "well dying" bill, which will come into effect in 2018. Although it limits doctors actions to giving the right to patients to refuse treatments, it is a first step towards more humanity in dying for terminally ill people. Read the whole article here.

JAMA spending large part of an edition on end-of-life issue
Feb 10, 2016

JAMA - the Journal of American Medical Association -  spent a great part of their January 19 issue on the end-of-life issue! Although it can only be read when subscribed, it is interesting to see so many pages, written by so many well known authors (Timothy Quill, Atul Gawande, Harvey Max Chochinov to name a few) spent on a subject you do not directly expect to find in such a place. See  the content here.