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“A Good Death” – a Dutch film with English subtitles – about an euthanasia will be screened in Toronto this and next week. The film is made on the basis of an award winning Dutch play and has met a lot of praise already in Amsterdam, Montreal and other locations around the world. Screening details:
Unofficial mentions on the 2012 statistics of Euthanasia cases in Belgium indicate that in that year 1432 cases were officially reported to the Federal Control Commission. This implies an increase of over 25% since 2011 (1132 cases). The official report, in which further breakdown of the figures will be represented, will appear later this year.
Dying with Dignity Canada published its newsletter Voice for Choice Februari 2013.
Farewell Foundation welcomes their members and supporters with the February 2013 Update.
The Missoulian Newspaper reports: The Montana House is backing a plan to ban physician-assisted suicide in Montana.
The chamber backed House Bill 505 Wednesday February 28, 2013 in a 54-45 initial vote. Supporters say it is needed to protect elderly people from potential abuse of heirs seeking money.
Amidst the usual large number of opinion pieces of various weight, John Wiloughby - our PubMed reporter - found only one interesting article:"It caught my eye because it appeals to my prejudices - the rule of double effect can be viewed as a flimsy affair for more than the reason of 'what did the medical team really intend - to relieve symptoms or to hasten death?'. It now appears that the philosophical distinction between 'intended' and 'foreseen' effects has been found wanting. Nice".
France’s peak medical body, the Conseil national de l'ordre des médecins (CNOM, the national council of the college of physicians) has endorsed euthanasia. This marks the first time that a French medical body has taken this step.
The decision was supported by a telephone survey of 605 French doctors which showed that 60% were in favour of active euthanasia.
Irish Television Channel RTE reports: The Irish Supreme Court have begun to hear the appeal of the unanimous decision by the High Court in Ireland, that upheld the Irish assisted suicide law.
Seven judges of the [Irish] Supreme Court have begun hearing an appeal by Wicklow woman Marie Fleming against the refusal of the High Court to relax the absolute ban on assisted suicide.
DWD Canada is back "on trial" again in the Carter Case. The Federal Attorney General appeals the BC Supreme Court Ruling that gave Canadians who are grievously ill the right to medical assistance to help them die. The case will be heard in the BC Supreme Court house