Interested in more news on the Right to Die? ERGO circulates on a regular basis an electronic newslist with news from around the world.
After temporising during half of its mandate, François Hollande believes he has found a point of political balance on one of the most delicate issues between the French, supporters and opponents of euthanasia. Mr Jean Leonetti (UMP) and Alain Claeys (PS) advocating
Council members agreed with the Federal Medical Council (Bundesärztekammer) that doctors should not routinely be asked to help patients commit suicide. But they argued that in “exceptional circumstances”, decisions of conscience by a doctor in the context of a “trusting doctor-patient relationship” should be respected. The decision is a blow to a cross-party initiative
The Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (MSP Margo MacDonald) , according to its Summary, published on the Scottish Parliament official website "enables people with terminal or life, shortening illnesses or progressive conditions which are terminal or life-shortening and who wish to end their own lives to obtain assistance in doing so" by removing criminal and liability from those who provide such aid.
Developments are abundant in the United States. Here is what we see coming in the coming year:
California legislators will introduce
Final Exit Network used their December 2014 Newsletter to report on two major issues: the 'fight" between Hemlock San Diego and AARP (a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives) on the refusal of the latter to have Hemlock setting up an information stand. And - secondly - an extensive report on the Chicago Conference. Read it here.
The film 37: A Final Promise is a dramatic depiction of a real-life romance with a tragic twist. Members of the WFRtDS can view the film on Vimeo on Demand for a discount: $3.99. Visit the special website here.
The film takes the debate a step further, suggesting that a person facing a terminal illness should be empowered to make the ultimate decision about her own body
In all debates around the world about the Right to Die, wordings and use of definitions cause misunderstandings. Paula Span wrote an article (NY Times, April 2014) on "Language of War", being (mis)used when describing end of life situations. Canadian Doctor Stephen Workman
Associazone Luca Coscione produced a video in which Italian citizens apeal to members of the Italian Parliament to - at least! - table a parliamentary debate on the Euthanasia Law deposited already in September 2013 (!). See the video (English subtitles available) by clicking here.
Associazone Luca Coscione: Un appello al Parlamento per la legalizzazione dell'eutanasia, e il pieno riconoscimento del testamento biologico, come prevede la proposta di legge di iniziativa popolare promossa dall'Associazione Luca Coscioni e dal Comitato Eutanasia Legale depositata alla Camera dei deputati il 13 settembre 2013. Vedere il video (sottotitoli in inglese disponibili) cliccando qui.
Although no legalisation of any form of aid in dying is tabled, the Bundestag started a debate on euthanasia recently. Five caucuses have developed on the issue, mostly crossing party lines. Some want to tighten rules against euthanasia, and others to legalize it as Belgium and the Netherlands have done.