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"How Angels Die: a Confession" book by Guy Blews about assisted suicide
Dec 27, 2014

Waldorf Publishing announces the release (November 2014) of the new book “How Angels Die: A Confession” by Guy Blews, a true story about assisted suicide. The movie, “37: A Final Promise” based on this true story premiered in movie theatres, August 2014.
If someone you love is suffering from a debilitating illness and wants to end their life and wants you to help them do it

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.

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

Quebec law: five years ago today
Dec 3, 2014

Today, December 3, it was five years ago that the first steps towards Québec's aid in dying law were set. In an article in  Le Soleil, Yvon Bureau and Ghislain Leblond write about these  delightful days. The creation (unanimous!) of a Commission by the Québec government finally lead to the law. As they write:

French Ethical Committee produces comprehensive report on death and dying
Nov 29, 2014

The French National Advisory Council of Ethics (CCNE) has published a voluminous report on the end of life in October. The report found consensus on the issue of the wishes of the person, the urgency of improvements of conditions of support for the end-of-life by the health system, of the imperative obligation of the treatment of pain. In contrast, the CCNE observed

Japanese JSDD publishes its new Newsletter
Nov 18, 2014

JSDD has published its Newsletter nr 155, with news on the organizational changes and developments of legalisation. Changes concern the narrowing of the objectives to death with dignity according to living wills.

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