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Peg Sandeen of Death with Dignity National Centre (USA) reports the introduction of a DWD Bill in the Vermont senate.
Dr Andrew McGee, a law academic from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), says in an article published in the international journal " Legal Studies: Journal for the Society of Legal Scholars", that a genuine public debate on "legalising euthanasia" can only happen after a clear distinction is made between assisted suicide and euthanasia and the withholding, refusal, or withdrawal of life-sustaining measures.
The March 2011 issue of DWD Canada's Newsletter The Voice is available here.
The Luxembourg Reviewcommittee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, published its first annual report. After the enactement of the law in March 2009, this report covers the period between the 4th quarter of 2009 and 2010: five (5) cases were reported.
Regarding the current situation in Italy, RtD-Europe has made the following statement:
On January 3, 2011, WF Marilyn Seguin Award winner Evelyn Martens, one of the founders of the Right to Die Society in Canada, who faced a two-year long battle with the law — and won — died on 3 January 2011 in hospital in British Columbia, from complications thought to be from a gall bladder infection. She was 79.
A bill to legalise assisted dying in France passed the Senate Committee on Social Affairs (25 for, 19 against) to be debated in the French Senate. A first time in France!
Luxemburg is since March 16, 2009, the last of the three BeNeLux countries to legalise euthanasia. The bill to allow physician assisted dying was proclaimed this week after a constitutional crisis in Luxembourg last year when Grand Duke Henri refused to sign the bill into law.
Nan Maitland, well known in the WFRtDS community and active member of FATE (the Scottish based RtD Society Friends At The End) died last week on March 1rst after an assisted suicide at Dignitas in Zürich, Switzerland.