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Addition of assisted suicide to the statutes of ADMD-LIn January, the committtee suggested an amendment to the text of its original statutes established in 1988.
Mr. Welby, 60, had his wish fulfilled by Dr. Mario Ricci who sedated him then disconnected his respirator; Welby died shortly thereafter on December 20.
Compassion and Choices (formerly Compassion in Dying and End-of-Life Choices) are attempting to have a law like the Oregon Death with Dignity Law passed in two more states: Vermont and California. Vermont considered the bill last year and conducted a study on the Oregon law which concluded that the law was helpful in improving end-of-life care and that it had not been abused. This year no vote was taken but there was a promise of a vote and a study for next year’s session.
The president's report by Jacob Kohnstamm. By Jacob Kohnstamm.
Taken from the World Right-to-Die Newsletter issue no. 46, Januray 2005.
A physician was acquitted who administered sleeping drugs and morphine to a terminally ill patient and did not report it. He argued that it was Terminal Sedation (TS) and thus a “normal” medical decision and had nothing to do with euthanasia.
The NVVE is preparing the publication of a book in which experiences with euthanasia from the point of view of the patient/relatives will be described as a form of assessment /evaluation of the law. Expected publication date: January 2005.
The complete text of the Criminal Code Suicide Act can be downloaded here .
The next Meeting of Friends at the End will be held in the Conference Suite of the Mitchell Library, Kent Road, Glasgow at 2:00 pm on Saturday 29 October 2005.
Bussemaker said that the government will not tamper with a woman's right to choose if she opts for an abortion.
A GP from Ostend was arrested on 29 July and imprisoned for four days, accused of having ended the lives of 5 patients in a care home over the last 3 years by increasing their doses of morphine. The management of the home brought the case. The case remains open.
This meeting, open to members & friends, will feature the Report of the Select Committee of the House of Lords on the "Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill" bill.