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Find here the (summary of the) latest Newsletter of the Japan Society JSDD , no 144-1.
From AQDMD, the Canadian RtD Organisation from Quebec, we received an update on the news, to be read here.
The people of Swiss Canton Vaud soon can bring votes on a proposal to legalize euthanasia in hospitals and nursing homes. This law is the outcome of years long of lobbying by EXIT Suisse Romande. The Local (Swiss news in English) made this known in an article.
DWDV’s Summer 2012 (February) Newsletter is out, and it is a bumper issue.
At the end of January, various newspaper reports appeared that stated that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe had just adopted an amendment, during a debate on living wills or advance directives, which said that "euthanasia, in the sense of the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit must always be prohibited".
This amendment was debated and agreed in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on January 25, 2012, when adopting the non-binding Resolution and Recommendation concerning Advanced Directives, Living Wills, Power of Attorneys and Consent to Treatments "Protecting Human rights and dignity by taking into account previous expressed wishes of patients" (Resolution nr 1859 (2012) and Recommendation nr 1993 (2012)).
Margo MacDonald, MSP for the Lothians of Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament, launched a new attempt to have assisted suicide legalized in Scotland. Only just over a year after the defeat (85 to 16) in the first stage of her last bill, she publishes her new one. She maintains that she learned from the last debates and public reactions enough, to have faith in the new attempt. Changes to be expected will concern, amongst others, the (then) compulsory psychiatric consultation (now out); the attendance of a "facilitator"; preregistration.
Today Georgia's Supreme Court ruled that "the Georgia law violated the free speech guarantees of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the corresponding provision of the Georgia Constitution". This ruling directly implies that the four Final Exit Network volunteers (among which WFRtDS' President Ted Goodwin) who were arrested in 2009 and since then released on bail, were abrubtly freed from prosecution by the Georgie Bureau of Investigation. Ted Goodwin, Lawrence Egbert, Nicholas A. Sheridan and Claire H.
Corinthian Books anounced the release of the book "In search of Gentle Death: the fight for Your Right to Die with Dignity", written by Richard N. Coté, in April 2012.
From 7 to 12 February 2012, NVVE Dutch RtD Society organises the first ever Film & Documentary Festival "THE END", aimed at Euthanasia and other end-of-life choices. This Festival forms part of the "Week of Euthanasia" (6-12 February, 2012), a celebration of 10 years legal Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands, since on 1rst April 2002 the Euthanasia Law came into effect.
According to a publication on the website of Death with Dignity National Center Massachusetts will - after gathering the requisite number of signatures - send an iniatitive on assisted suicide to the Massachusetts legislature. Pegg Sandeen, DwD National Center's Executive Director, analyses this new development on her blog "Living with Dying". Read it here.