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The New Jersey Assembly passed bill A 2451 ‘Aid in Dying or the Terminally Ill Act’ by a 41-28 vote with five abstentions. This act would allow people facing a terminal illness and less than six months left to live, to end their lives by taking lethal drugs prescribed by their physician. Physicians will not be prosecuted when
On October 19 the South-Australian Parliament debated a new Death with Dignity Bill presented by Liberal MP Duncan McFetridge. The planned next stage debate on the original VE Bill 2016 from Labour MP Steph Key was - with her consent - postponed to the end of this year (possibly 1 December): her bill is NOT withdrawn.
On October 5, 2016 the Committee on Health and Human Services of the Council of the District of Columbia approved an important assisted dying bill. With their 3-2 markup vote, Councilmembers took a crucial step to providing District residents with more autonomy in their final days. The bill now moves to the full Council for a vote on October 18.
Vita Perfecta is admitted as interim member of WFRtDS. Visit their website (in progress).
Health Minister Edith Schippers has written a letter to the Dutch Parliament announcing her plan to legalize assisted suicide for older people who are generally healthy but feel they have led a full life. In defence of this proposal she writes: “It is needed to address the needs of older people who do not have the possibility to continue life in a meaningful way, who are struggling with the loss of independence and reduced mobility, and who have a sense of loneliness,
After extensive discussion in recent months among its members, the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide SOARS), has been renamed as My Death My Decision. MDMD has a new website www.mydeath-mydecision.org.uk In September 2015, Phil Cheatle replaced Michael Irwin as the Coordinator of SOARS - now MDMD.
Today, on his 85th birthday, Desmond Tutu published his stance on assisted death in the Washington Post: "When my time comes, I want the option of assisted an death".
Toronto filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza’s documentary on assisted death, Road to Mercy, is a deep, aching, finely drawn film. It explores the issue through a series of intimate individual portraits of patients seeking assisted death, the loved ones coming to terms with their decision, and
Dying with Dignity Victoria publishes its newsletter Update no 175 (spring 2016 edition). Read it here.