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The Dutch Review Committee published today its 2014 Annual Report. The total number of reported cases increased to 5306 (in 2013 this was 4829), a rise of 10% (was 15% in 2013). In the schemes presented below one can see that the increase occurred in all categories, and more or less in the same proportion. Only special mention must be made that reports on euthanasia applied to patients with beginning dementia (2014: 81; 2013 97) and psychiatry (2014: 41; 2013 42) did NOT increase.
Only 4 cases (< 0,1%) were
After months of crafting, dealing, lobbying and waiting, finally Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act (SB 128, AB 2X-15) into law, just a couple of weeks after the State Assembly and the Senate approved the bill in special sessions by a 42 to 33 vote. This makes California the fifth state to allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to some patients.The enormity of this victory cannot be understated.
DMD Colombia publishes its Newsletter no 59, 2015 (in Spanish). Read it here.
This month Peggy Battin presented her book "The Ethics on Suicide" as part of an "unprecedented example of library-author-publisher collaboration. The collaboration was formed by Peggy Battin, the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriot Library with Alyson Mower and David Cotty (Oxford University Press). The book is part of a Blog Platform from the University Library.
The book itself may be obtained from Amazon.
Martin Goldsworthy published the story about his planning all around the end of his life in an E-book, originating from Blog posts and discussions with his wife and children.
Short synopsis: Achieving a perfect end to our life is something we should think about, and before it is too late. Many people do not get close to achieving this ideal. This book presents the factors to be considered when you think about your own, inevitable death. The book’s objective is to help interested readers make their own
The Washington State Department of Health yesterday released the 2014 annual report on the implementation of the Washington Death with Dignity Act. The figures underscore not only that only a small number of people use the law, but also that the Washington Death with Dignity Act continues to work flawlessly and provides ease of mind and relief to Washingtonians facing the end of life. In 2014, 176 terminally ill Washington residents received a prescription under the Act to help hasten their death. This is a 2% increase over
Final Exit Network published their Newsletter August 2015. Read it here.
Two young Wellington (NZ) film makers Wendell and Jeremy produced a 3-min documentary about Gina, a 45 year old woman from Wellington, who has a genetic condition. She is in hospital level care in a rest home. She has been there for 5 years, bedridden. She lives in semi darkness, cannot talk and is extremely sensitive to sound. The specialist said her prognosis is that she won't recover and she may well live a long life.
And, she is of sound mind, loves chocolate and has a delightful sense of humour.
An Auckland University research, published in today's New Zealand Medical Journal, asked doctors about the last death they'd attended. Research suggests that GPs are hastening death of terminally ill patients.
Of 650 GPs who responded, 65 per cent reported they'd withdrawn treatment from a patient or alleviated pain in the probability it may hasten death; 16 per cent said they had actively withheld treatments so as not to prolong life and four per cent (16 doctors) reported prescribing a drug with the explicit purpose of hastening death.
Sir Kier Starmer, formerly the Director of Public Prosecutions, and who is now a Labour MP, said the law "needs to be changed". He believes people must be helped to take their own lives without being forced to inconveniently travel to Switzerland in their final days. He said it is time politicians protected compassionate loved ones from prosecution by legalising assisted dying. He claimed that Crown Prosecution Service guidelines