Font size:
+

European Division of WFRtDS

Interested in more news on the Right to Die? ERGO circulates on a regular basis an electronic newslist with news from around the world.

Click here for the subscription page.

Media

Change in leadership in Hemlock Florida Inc.
Oct 18, 2015

The Hemlock Society of Florida and the Hemlock Foundation of Florida have new leadership. Dawn Pollock of Tallahassee is the new Chief Executive Officer and Julia Hanway, also of Tallahassee, is the new President of the Board of Directors. The new Board consists of Jim Chastain of Sarasota; Frank Kavanaugh of Punta Gorda; and Dr. Howard Kessler of Panacea. Once the new Hemlock Florida becomes active, others will be added to the Board.

Dutch School curriculum on Euthanasia
Oct 16, 2015

NVVE, Dutch RtD Society, has developed a school curriculum program called ‘Euthanasia – "dead normal"’, a project to bolster public support and acceptance of euthanasia. The curriculum, launched in September, aims to provide high school students with “accessible information” about euthanasia, helping them to “have respect” for those who chose to end their lives.
There are videos offering ‘different’ (though all supportive) perspectives on

The Last Hotel – An Irish Opera on End-of-life
Oct 16, 2015

From The Irish Independent, by Sophie Gorman: An opera about assisted suicide sounds like anything but fun, but when have the festive joys of the carvery buffet been celebrated in opera? Both meet quite magnificently when the devilishly dark and brilliant mind of Enda Walsh gets together with musical maestro Donnacha Dennehy. 'The Last Hotel' speaks to us about living, about breathing, about being. Powerful

La Commission fédérale de Contrôle et d’Evaluation de l’euthanasie vient de livrer son sixième rapport.
Oct 16, 2015

Le Soir: Depuis l’entrée en vigueur de la loi dépénalisant l’euthanasie, l’augmentation du nombre de morts douces, selon l’étymologie du terme, est constante. Elle se serait cependant encore accentuée « nettement » depuis 2011, comme le pointe le rapport. La pratique entre chaque jour davantage dans les mentalités : «  L’augmentation importante du nombre d’euthanasies par rapport à celui du rapport précédent s’explique vraisemblablement par la diffusion progressive de l’information relative aux décisions en fin de vie auprès du public et des médecins  », explique la commission.

En 2013 1807 cas ont été signalés, 1454 de Flandre et 353 de Wallonie.

Belgian Federal Evaluation Commission on Euthanasia produces 6th report
Oct 16, 2015

Le Soir:  Since the implementation of the law decriminalizing euthanasia, the increase in the number of deaths with dignity, according to the etymology of the term, is constant. The concept of Euthanasia is more and more accepted in every day’s attitudes: "… the significant increase in the number of euthanasia cases compared with the previous report can likely be explained by the gradual dissemination of information relating to decisions at the end of life to the public and doctors" says the Commission.
In 2013 1807 cases have been reported, 1454 from Flanders and from Wallonia 353.

2014 Annual Dutch Review Committee report published
Oct 7, 2015

The Dutch Review Committee published today  its 2014 Annual Report. The total number of reported cases increased to 5306 (in 2013 this was 4829), a rise of 10% (was 15% in 2013). In the schemes presented below one can see that the increase occurred in all categories, and more or less in the same proportion. Only special mention must be made that reports on euthanasia applied to patients with beginning dementia (2014: 81; 2013 97) and psychiatry (2014: 41; 2013 42) did NOT increase. 

Only 4 cases (< 0,1%) were

Victory for Death with Dignity in California
Oct 6, 2015

After months of crafting, dealing, lobbying and waiting, finally Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act (SB 128, AB 2X-15) into law, just a couple of weeks after the State Assembly and the Senate approved the bill in special sessions by a 42 to 33 vote. This makes California the fifth state to allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to some patients.The enormity of this victory cannot be understated.

DMD Colombia publishes its Newsletter no 59, 2015
Oct 2, 2015

DMD Colombia publishes its Newsletter no 59, 2015 (in Spanish). Read it here.

DMD Colombia publica su boletín no 59, 2015
Oct 2, 2015

Peggy Battin's "The Ethics of Suicide" (book) published
Oct 2, 2015

This month Peggy Battin presented her book "The Ethics on Suicide" as part of an "unprecedented example of library-author-publisher collaboration. The collaboration was formed by Peggy Battin, the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriot Library with Alyson Mower and David Cotty (Oxford University Press). The book is part of a Blog Platform from the University Library.

The book itself may be obtained from Amazon.

Pages