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The Health Committee of the Scottish Parliament continued its deliberations and hearings on the (Margo MacDonald's) Bill to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland.
(Reuters) - California lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, an effort tearfully welcomed by the mother of Brittany Maynard who moved to Oregon last year to avail herself of a death-with-dignity law there. The bill proposed by two
On January 29, 2015 I'll See Myself Out, Thank You will appear. These essays are brought together and edited by Colin Brewer and Michael Irwin. It will be available from Amazon.com. A series of recent landmark cases have highlighted the issues surrounding assisted suicide and
Washington D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh has introduced legislation that would make physician-assisted suicide legal in the nation’s capital for individuals with a terminal illness. The bill would establish a process by which a terminally ill patient expected to live no longer than six months could request medication to end his or her life.
If the legislation is adopted, the District would join five states
The Guardian reported: The assisted dying bill proposed by former Labour lord chancellor Lord Falconer of Thoroton, aiming to give terminally ill patients the right to die is unlikely to pass through parliament before May’s general election, after a debate in the Lords only managed to address only a handful of over 150 amendments to be discussed.
During Friday’s debate
Just received the message that Truus Postma (retired GP who in 1972 applied euthanasia on the seriously ill mother died in December last year. She was picked up by the police, the villagers of Noordwolde came massively in action. Still she was prosecuted and her case (resulting in 1 week suspended sentence) in 1973 became world news.
Read an interesting article on communication around the end-of-life. When debating end-of-life care, many times these debates are limited to a "yes or no" towards assisted (aid) in dying. We tend to forget that the end-of-life starts earlier then the moment where doctors say
In a position paper from 2011, the Royal Dutch Medical Association (RDMA) ascertained that physicians must be better trained to provide guidance to patients who choose to stop eating and drinking. Today the RDMA - together with the Dutch Nurses' Association - issued a guideline to
Ole Peder Kjeldstadli, chair of the Norwegian RtD Society Foreningen Retten til en Verdig Død, commented in Dagbladet on an article by Karsten Hytten and Svein Aarseth concerning the practice of euthanasia in Norway. After explaining the differences between passive and active euthanasia, Kjelstadli says “…when the right to self-determination, in principle, is legally respected when it comes to passive euthanasia, it is in my opinion inconsistent not to respect the self-determination when there is talk of (active) euthanasia”. He continues