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A five-person committee of the local parliament has been examining the issues of passive and active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide; its report is due soon.
he number of euthanasia cases has dropped over the past few years, though the number of terminal patients receiving palliative sedation has increased.
There is an initiative of drug company Multipharma, which has decided to make available in all its pharmacies a pack containing all the products a doctor would need in carrying out an approved euthanasia.
The Saba Medal, awarded every two years to the person or organization that has done most during that time for the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, was awarded to the Japan Society for Dying with Dignity.
Instead of having a speaker, the next meeting of Friends at the End will be a video showing of a Spanish film: "The Sea Inside" on Saturday, 18 February 2006, in Glasgow.
This is the newsletter of Right-to-Die-Europe, issue of July 2006.
Ralph Vincent, 86, took his own life in April with a note detailing his intention. In 2002 he was investigated after his wife of 56 years was found dead with a plastic bag over her head. She had been suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis and, unknowingly, invasive cancer. For 20 years they were members of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society in New Zealand. After a 7 month investigation he was not charged but his wife‘s solitary death aroused his passion for the cause.
The physician who applied terminal sedation (giving sleeping drugs and morphine in “normal” doses) to a terminally ill patient was acquitted by both the courts and the medical disciplinary tribunal; after that both the Prosecution Office and the Health Inspectorate went to appeal. He has now been again acquitted by the Court of Appeal. In its verdict the court explicitly stated that there had not been any proof of a causal connection between the medication and the death of the patient. Now the doctor awaits only the result of the appeal to the medical tribunal, due in December.
Terry Schiavo's parents get Atlanta Court of Appeal to consider request for new hearing.