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An English campaigner considers forming a voluntary euthanasia campaigning body for those who are incurably mentally ill. Such a society - oriented on a specific end-of-life issue like dementia and not on a single country or jurisdiction - might, if successful in acquiring sufficient supporters, wish to apply for membership of the WFRtDS. Interested?? Visit his website www.admd.co here and let him know.
A poll held amongst 1,005 doctors (research done by MedeConnect HealthCare Insight) resulted in a growing support for legal change in GP's: 40% in favour, 32% against and 28% undecided. Remarkable is also that two thirds said the BMA and the Royal Colleges (until now opposed!) should change their stance to neutral.
(from Times of London, June 16, 2014)
Senator Richard di Natale of Victoria, tabled a Draft Bill in the Senate in Canberra, regarding dying with dignity.
Elke Baezner, president of the German Right to Die Soceity DGHS, has been attacked when in a meeting. The attacker threw butter acid at her and a colleague, causing skin and eye injuries. After treatment in hospital she could go home to recover. She said:
The interview given by Rodney Syme to The Age National (see this site Australian Doctor Rodney Syme speaks out) has received huge Spin Off in Australia. See DWD NSW Newsletter about that here.
According to a WCAX.com report (Kyle Midura) 1 year aftyer the Vermont Governor signed a measure allowing terminally ill Vermonters to take a fatal prescription, so far only two have filled prescriptions for medication to end their lifes. Both died ultimately of natural causes.
70 year old Margo MacDonald, godmother of two Assisted Suicide Bills in Scotland, was suffering of Parkinsons' disease. As Independent MSP in the Scottish Parliament since 1999, she was known for her high-profile campaigns, including legalising assisted suicide in Scotland.
From GlobalPost.com: Swiss assisted suicide group Exit A.D.M.D., a group that provides assisted suicide in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, has expanded its services to help elderly patients who are sick but not terminally ill end their lives.
The group's larger sister organisation Exit DS, which operates in the German and Italian speaking parts of the country, is planning to follow suit in a few days.
Our Pub-Med editor John Willoughby reported: "There have been many articles of interest since September 2013 - and I apologise for the length of the list. Even so, there were other articles that could have been included. There a a couple of abstracts that I wanted to follow up by reading the primary article, but to which I could not find access. Read the abstracts here.