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Australian Medical Association to change its policy re aid in dying?
May 27, 2016

ABC News (Lexi Metherell) reports today: The Australian Medical Association (AMA) may change its position on voluntary euthanasia to one of neutrality, after a regular review of its long-held stance against the practice. This has been said by representatives of the AMA after survey responses from

Peggy Battin's "The Ethics of Suicide"
May 27, 2016

Peggy Battin's book "The Ethics on Suicide" , published by  Oxford University Press is now available with a discount: see flyer and discount offer here . The book is part of a Blog Platform from the University Library.

Exciting times in Canada with 6 June nearing
May 26, 2016

The Globe and Mail Toronto (Joan Bryden) reports today:
Medical regulators in every province have issued detailed guidelines doctors must follow to help suffering patients end their lives once Canada’s ban on medically assisted dying is formally lifted next month. And most of those guidelines impose safeguards similar to — or even more stringent than — those included in the federal government’s proposed new law on assisted death.
The existence of guidelines

Another support and argumentation to quit the concept of suicide
May 25, 2016

In an Amicus brief by the NEW MEXICO PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION in Morris and Mangalik vs New Mexico State, a clear description of why this organisation chooses to change the name of (assisted) suicide in "aid in dying":

2 WF AWARDS presented during Amsterdam Conference
May 25, 2016

As usual, the biennial WF Awards (Marilynne Seguin and Health Professional) were presented during the final evening dinner at the Amsterdam Conference.

The Marilynne Seguine Award was presented to Fay Girsh, for her long-standing dedication to the Right to Die, in the World and in the USA .

South Australian VES published its 28th Newsletter
May 25, 2016

South Australian VES published its 28th Newsletter, listing their ambassadors, who support legalisation. See here.

New survey in New Zealand on attitudes of New Zealand doctors and nurses
May 25, 2016

On May 24, 2016, a preliminary report was published by researchers Phillipa Malpa, Pam Oliver and Mike Wilson of Auckland University. The report summarises the findings of the survey with 969 nurses and doctors, for the purpose of providing first feedback to the participants and the professional bodies.

Key findings are as follows:

Faye Girsh reports from Euthanasia 2016
May 25, 2016

As usual Faye Girsh produced a day to day report on the goings at the WF Conference in Amsterdam. If you were not there, read it here - as usual pleasant reading.

Alternative word for 'suicide' presented in Amsterdam: 'dignicide'
May 25, 2016

Bill Simmons (La Jolla, USA), leading participant in the altsuicide group (started after Chicago conference 2014, see their report) presented in Amsterdam during the What's in a Name session the background of changing suicide into dignicide. Read the abstract here.

EXIT Italia celebrates 20 years anniversary
May 25, 2016

During the weekend of 24 and 25 September 2016, EXIT Italia organises a meeting in Torino, Italy, to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Members of WFRtDS are invited - others can get information at their e-mail See for further information attached letter and form.


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