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Suffering Lord changed his mind
Sep 5, 2016

Lord Rix, one of the most famous actors in Britain, has revealed he is dying and has made a heartfelt plea for euthanasia to be legalised in order to allow him to "slip away peacefully". Learning disability campaigner Lord Rix has revealed he is suffering from a terminal condition. In an emotive letter to the Speaker of the House of Lords Baroness D'Souza, the 92-year-old Mencap president has urged Parliament to act "as soon as possible" to make it possible for people in his situation to be assisted to die. This news would not be catching the eye, but

A number of terminal health states worse than death
Sep 5, 2016

A cohort study (Rubin, Buehler ands Halpern), published as research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine examines how hospitalized patients with serious illnesses evaluate states of cognitive or functional debility relative to death.  By asking 180 hospitalized patients with serious

New euthanasia lobby group launched in Australia
Sep 5, 2016

Australian journalist Andrew Denton has launched a new campaign for assisted dying in Australia. Denton, a well-known radio and television personality, delivered an address to the Australian Press Club recently in which he called for rapid law reform: "To the politicians of South Australia and to those of Victoria, Tasmania and NSW, who can expect new Bills

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 162
Sep 5, 2016

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 162; English excerpt can be read here.

August 2016 Newsletter Final Options Illinois published
Aug 8, 2016

August 2016 Newsletter Final Options Illinois published - to be read here.

Another 'go' at aid-in-dying legislation in Ireland
Aug 7, 2016

Minister of State for Innovation John Halligan says he believes in assisted suicide and would help someone if they were terminally ill and in pain. The Independent Waterford TD has written an assisted suicide Bill which he hopes will be introduced shortly. “The objective of the Bill is that people who are terminally ill, who will die within six months, who are going through

ADMD-B publishes its Newsletter no 140
Aug 7, 2016

ADMD-B publishes its Newsletter no 140 (in French only).

UK House of Lords receives new Bill (42)
Aug 7, 2016

James Leonard Park, advocate of the right-to-die, made us aware of a new UK initiative in the House of Lords: Bill 42, 2016-2017. On his website (worth visiting: a good source for information!) he has reformatted the text of this Bill for easier reading on computer screens and added comments.

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 3, 2016 is published.
Aug 7, 2016

RELEVANT, NVVE's magazine nr 3, 2016 is published.  Read the summary (English) here.  For Dutch readers (and to see the pictures) 

The Leonetti/Claeys End-of-Life law came into force this month
Aug 7, 2016

The Leonetti/Claeys End-of-Life law came into force this month. The text was adopted in February 2016, after several years of debate and creates new rights for patients at the end of life. The End of life Act completes the Leonetti law which, since 2005, grants a right to let to die and gives the possibility to terminate therapeutic persistence. This law however does not deal with legalising active euthanasia or assisted suicide. Patients get two possibilities: firstly, a right to "deep and continuous sedation until death", i.e. a right to fall asleep before dying without suffering. A patient with a serious and incurable disease

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