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Pope Francis condemns euthanasia
Dec 27, 2014

Pope Francis has condemned euthanasia, calling it “a sin against God the creator”. The Roman Pontiff made the statement in an address to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors . The Pope criticised the logic of what he termed “false compassion”.

Australian educational video on human rights and euthanasia
Dec 27, 2014

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia is producing a series of videos on human rights issues called "Have You Got That Right?" The latest episode looks at euthanasia. It begins by illustrating how most people don't even have to think about this life and death issue in their own lives. It then explains the current state of human rights law (there is no right to voluntary euthanasia but human rights law does allow it as long as certain safeguards are in place) before finishing with a scene

The state of euthanasia in Europe
Dec 27, 2014

Medical Xpress published an article worthwhile reading, in which an overview of where and how "the Right to Die" is legalised or otherwise implemented. Read it here.

2014 World Right to Die Day
Dec 27, 2014

On November 2, 2014 ADMD-France organised their 7th World Right to Die Day in 100 (!) locations in France. New Zealand joined the initiative with their Kapiti-Horowhenua Branch. They celebrated one day earlier on November 1 with a stall, expecting better public attention on that day, the day Brittany Maynard chose to die. More pictures.

Developments in the UK
Dec 27, 2014

Lord Carlisle QC and Baroness Butler-Sloss, former head of the High Court Family Division, both vocal critics of the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill, called for judicial safeguards to prevent vulnerable people being pressurised to end their life.  The House of Lords unanimously backed key amendments giving a High Court judge a role in any future system of assisted suicide in the UK, during detailed scrutiny of Lord Falconer's proposals. It was the first time Parliament has voted on the bill and was hailed by campaigners

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 4, 2014 published
Dec 27, 2014

NVVE, the Dutch RtD Society, published the 3rd issue of 2014 of RELEVANT, their quarterly magazine.

An English summary can be read here.

The can be downloaded here.

DWD NSW (Australia) publshes its 'summer' 2014-2015 Newsletter
Dec 27, 2014

DWD NSW (Australia)  publishes its 'summer' 2014-2015 Newsletter, nr 130 to be downloaded here. .  It reflects the great media attention that the Australian Dying with Dignity campaign has attracted in the last few weeks, especially with the release of the Senate Committee’s report on the Federal DWD Exposure Draft Bill.

Reports on Chicago Conference
Dec 23, 2014

Reports, video's, presentations and pictures can be found at the link to the Chicago 2014 Conference on this site.

Brittany Maynard, the "face for aid in dying"
Dec 9, 2014

Brittany Maynard had been married for only a year when she was diagnosed in January with brain cancer. Her doctors at first thought she might live for ten years, but in April determined that her cancer was much more aggressive than they initially thought. Her cancer, glioblastoma

WFRtDS Newsletter December 2014 is out!
Dec 3, 2014

Faye Girsh, editor of the WF Newsletter, has produced a fantastic WF Newsletter with extensive reporting on the Chicago Congress, with lots of

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