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Scottish Bill now in Committee
Feb 2, 2014

The Scottish bill of Margo MacDonald has been sent to a Parliamentary Committee for scrutiny. This committee is expected to send out calls for evidence within the next couple of weeks. Please keep tract of the news on this site. A special

Japan Society JSDD publishes Newsletter 152
Feb 2, 2014

Japanese Society JSDD published its 152nd Newsletter, to be read here.

Cambridge University Union Debate favours Asssited Dying Law
Feb 2, 2014

On January 16th, the Cambridge University Union (founded in 1811, now the oldest continually operating debating society in the world), voted 207 to 67 (with 54 abstentions) to legalize Assisted Dying.  Speaking in support of the motion were John Harris (Professor of Bioethics at Manchester University), Colin Brewer (retired psychiatrist, formerly on the Board of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society), and Michael Irwin

Belgian Senate aproves the bill to allow euthanasia for children
Jan 27, 2014

The outcome was expected, but observers were astonished at the margin of victory. By a vote of 50 to 17, the Belgian Senate has approved euthanasia for children. When the bill finally passes – which now seems quite certain – there will be no age limit for choosing to die at the hands of Belgian doctor. The next step is a vote in the lower house, which will probably take place in May.

Most Chinese have open mind towards euthanasia
Jan 16, 2014

ChinaDaily (in an article by Wang Hongy from Shanghai) reported on a recent survey by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (December 2013) , which shows that about 70% of 3400 polled residents from 34 cities 'do not object to euthanasia or can accept the idea'. This would imply that two third of Chinese have an open mind towards euthanasia.
The topic of death has long been taboo in China. In Chinese tradition,

Overview of Living Wills in the World
Dec 23, 2013

We recently retraced an overview of Living Wills around the world, produced as part of the 2004 Tokyo WF Conference.  If interested click here.

French panel recommends legalising assisted suicide
Dec 23, 2013

A panel set up at the request of President François Hollande on Monday (December 16, 2013) recommended legalising assisted suicide in France, where the debate on euthanasia has been revived after several tragic end-of-life stories. The suicides of two elderly couples in November and the heart wrenching testimony of a politician who watched her terminally-ill mother die after taking pills have shocked and moved France,

Dutch survey on agreement with assisted dying for the elderly
Dec 23, 2013

From The Medical Daily (Sabrina Bachai) of December 16, 2013:

A small percentage of Dutch people think that assisted suicides should be legal for the elderly who are tired of living. According to a Dutch survey published in the Journal of Medical Ethics approximately one out of every five people believe that doctors should help the elderly who are not seriously ill but who wish to die because they are tired of living their lives. “Our finding

Irish pioneer Mary Fleming dies
Dec 23, 2013

Ireland lost a brave and dedicated pioneer for the right to have aid in dying. In The Independent she was described as follows:

Irish MP vowes to propose assisted suicide legislation in Ireland in 2014
Dec 23, 2013

Waterford TD John Halligan, who has campaigned on Ms Fleming's behalf, said politicians will be forced to "look inside their souls" in relation to how the State deals with terminally ill patients. Mr Halligan insisted that he will propose assisted suicide legislation in a bid to address a "great injustice" faced by Ms Fleming.  "Every TD in the Dail, including the Taoiseach, will have to look

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