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Margo MacDonald, Scottish MSP, wil soon introduce her Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament. The new Bill will first be sent for scrutiny to a special committee of the Parliament in the first week of November. This Committee will - as is usual - call for evidence. This second Bill has been adapted to better suit the critical notes that has been delivered at the first one.
Tasmanian Premier, Lara Giddings MP and her deputy, Nick McKim MP jointly tabled the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013. The bill will not begin to be debated until after Parliament resumes in October. Stay informed by visiting our WF Website regularly.
As every year in Autumnn, Soars presented on September 20, 2013 their Annual SOARS Lecture in London. Rob Jonquière talked about Dying Assistance for the Elderly in The Netherlands,an historical and ideological analysis. A summary can be found here.
Professor Stephen Hawking (71) changed his stance on assisted dying in a recent BBC interview. In 2006 he said that, although people should have the right to end their life if they wanted to, … "I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope."
Former WF President Neil Francis produced two video's and published them on You Tube in support of the Ending Life with Dignity Bill in South Australia.
Video's can be seen by clicking on:
Recently the Dutch Euthanasia Review Committee's published their annual report. Important 2012 figures are: with 4188 reported cases the number raised with 13% compared to 2011 (3695). Looking at the details, no explanations can be found for this rise, other than that euthanasia and assisted suicide are in Netherlands more and more discussed openly in public in general and between doctor and patient in particular. Other numbers are:
Hemlock San Diego publishes its Newsletter of September 2013, to be read here.
DWD Canada's Newsletter Voice for Choice (September 2013, Vol 31, no 3) has been published, giving an in-depth look at palliative care, news from Quebec and Vermont next to the normal features. Read it here.
Paul Spiers, co-founder of WF member Society AUTONOMY USA, died on September 11, 2013. Next to having been involved with the Death with Dignity movement (Hemlock, End-of-Life Choices, Death with Dignity National Center and of course 'his' AUTONOMY) he also was an active disability campaigner. He died in Massachussets, peacefuly in his sleep.