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History of Dutch Euthanasia law in documentary
Jul 19, 2016

The documentary The Fight to Die made by Nan Rosens, pictures the history of the Dutch legalization. The film was screened at the WF Conference Amsterdam. You can download an English subtitled version here.

AAVIVRE..sa fin de vie publishes booklet on self deliverance
Jul 19, 2016

AAVIVRE..sa fin de vie published the booklet "Self Deliverance", translation of a French publication. It provides well written information, such as what steps to take when wanting to decide for yourself.

Final report from Victorian parliament (Aus) into end-of-life choices published
Jul 19, 2016

The Committee of the Victorian parliament tabled their final report from the Inquiry into End-of-life Choices. President Lesley Vick of Dying With Dignity Victoria Inc states: "At DWDV we are extremely pleased with this excellent report and its recommendations concerning end of life choices. As you will see it is comprehensive, evidence based and

New WF member from the USA
Jul 11, 2016

End of life Washington has applied for WF membership. The committee has decided to grant EOLWA interim membership. Visit for further information the member's page.

Agreement reached in long-term court case in Spain
Jun 28, 2016

Two members and the President of AFDMD (the Spanish Federal Association for the Right to a Digfnified Death) have finally reached an agreement with the prosecutor in a case against them in Avilés in Asturia.  The prosecutor requesting originally  a 6 years and 5 month prison sentence suspected the three of being involved in two assisted suicide cases and offense against Public Health. After more than 4 years of juridical struggle the three - supported by

Wisdom From a Chair - Thirty years of Quadriplegia
Jun 25, 2016

Recently the memoirs of Andrew I. Batavia were published. His brother Mitchell finished on the request of Andrew the memoirs, that at the moment of his death in January 2003 were not yet completed. The reason this book is interesting for end-of-life advocacy lies in the fact that Andrew Batavia - despite of his quadriplegia -  became

Dutch Code of Practice on assisted dying published in English
Jun 23, 2016

Although the Dutch Review Committee's informed the reader in every annual report about their mode of working , in the second evaluation of the Dutch law (2012), it was recommended to publish a code of practice. The Dutch version appeared last year April (2015).  The English translation followed recently

Belgian ADMD published its Bulletin no 139
Jun 23, 2016

Belgian ADMD published its Bulletin no 139 (in French only)

British Medical Association again refused going 'neutral' on the right to die issue
Jun 21, 2016

Again, the Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) in Belfast has voted against going neutral on assisted suicide by a two to one majority. The debate took place after a previous motion affirming that ‘it is not appropriate at this time to debate whether or not to change existing BMA policy’ was defeated by 164 to 160.
But then the Delegates rejected motion 80, ‘that this meeting believes that the BMA should adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying’, by 198 to 115 (63% to 37%).

Dr Larry Egbert of Final Exit Network USA died
Jun 15, 2016

Dr. Lawrence Deems Egbert, 87, has died. He suffered a heart attack on Thursday and died without suffering. He lived in Baltimore. He leaves a widow, Ellen Barfield. Larry was extensively involved in the right-to-die movement for many years, and was formerly medical director of the

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