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Breaking News (April 30, 2015) Today the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted an order allowing a terminally ill man to end his own life and if he has a doctor helping, the doctor will not be prosecuted or disciplined. It is a first in South Africa, and the State intends to appeal it because it affects its prosecuting authority's ability to prosecute.
An 18-year wait came to an end on Monday, April 20, when Health Ministry authorities presented guidelines for Colombian doctors to perform euthanasia. The Constitutional Court ordered them to set the protocols in a February decision, after declaring the practice legal all the way back in 1997.
Euthanasia has been in legal limbo in Columbia since a decision by its Constitutional Court in 1997
Writer and photographer Richard N. Cote died at home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on February 10 at the age of 69. Derek Humphry writes in his obituary:
"Dick — as he was known to everybody — was in good general health. He fell down the stairs
A total of 155 terminally-ill adult Oregonians received a prescription for medications under the provisions of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act in 2014, while 105 of them (67.7%) ingested the medications to die peacefully. This corresponds to 31 Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) deaths per 10,000 total deaths, or 0.3%.
Other highlights from the 2014 Annual Report:
The 12th Biennal RtDE meeting will be held in Berlin June 20-22, 2015 and will be organised by DGHS - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Humanes Sterben. For information visit the RTD-Europe website.
(from BioEdge; Xavier Simons) A recent paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics says ‘no’. The paper – published by a team of researchers from Belgium’s End of Life Care Research Group – compares the development of palliative care (PC) in countries where euthanasia is legal to countries where it is not. The results, they said,
Dying With Dignity Canada applauds the Supreme Court’s decision (read it here) to strike down Canada’s unjust and outdated legal ban on physician assisted dying. In a judgment released on Friday morning, justices on the high court ruled the absolute ban violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and
Libera Uscita published their periodical Il Punto (new version). Read it here (Italian only). It contains letter from the President, news from Libera Uscita, France and Italy. From that last country a special report on the campaign for the establishment of municipal registers of living wills.
Manx Radiop reports: Rushen Manx House of Keys member Juan Watterson will ask for political backing to introduce new laws decriminalising assisted suicide this week.In the House of Keys he’ll ask MHKs for leave to introduce new laws to allow assisted dying.It’s after a petition for redress of grievance was handed to Tywnald by Millie Blenkinsop-French last July
The DWD Canada blog reports on the activities around Quebec’s landmark end-of-life care, the first of its kind to be passed in Canada. It is set to come into force in less than a year. But many questions remain about how it will be implemented and also how it will jibe with federal law. Read the whole blog and the report here.