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Health Minister Edith Schippers has written a letter to the Dutch Parliament announcing her plan to legalize assisted suicide for older people who are generally healthy but feel they have led a full life. In defence of this proposal she writes: “It is needed to address the needs of older people who do not have the possibility to continue life in a meaningful way, who are struggling with the loss of independence and reduced mobility, and who have a sense of loneliness,
After extensive discussion in recent months among its members, the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide SOARS), has been renamed as My Death My Decision. MDMD has a new website www.mydeath-mydecision.org.uk In September 2015, Phil Cheatle replaced Michael Irwin as the Coordinator of SOARS - now MDMD.
Today, on his 85th birthday, Desmond Tutu published his stance on assisted death in the Washington Post: "When my time comes, I want the option of assisted an death".
Toronto filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza’s documentary on assisted death, Road to Mercy, is a deep, aching, finely drawn film. It explores the issue through a series of intimate individual portraits of patients seeking assisted death, the loved ones coming to terms with their decision, and
Dying with Dignity Victoria publishes its newsletter Update no 175 (spring 2016 edition). Read it here.
DMD Colombia published its Bolletin no 61 (Spanish only). Read it here in PDF.
Waiting for “the die-medicine”
Three months after California’s Death with Dignity Act took effect on June 9, there are still ”challenges getting everyone up to speed” said spokesman, Sean Crowley. The state Department of Public Health, which will track the number of Californians who
The New Zealand Green Party has released their ‘Medically-Assisted Dying policy’, aka their proposals on euthanasia, in a brief description: