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Various forms of medical assisted dying have been approved in the following states and nations. Each law has its own limits, rules and guidelines. All but Switzerland forbid foreigners this type of help to die. Only Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium permit chosen death via doctor lethal injection; all others are by doctor prescription which […]

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It has always been a puzzle that the UK has made no progress in choices-in-dying legislation despite many other countries have done so. Since 1936 there have about 12 attempts at law reform in the Westminster parliament — all failed. And this is supposed to be the ‘mother of democracies’! Reading the new opinion poll […]

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This spring, Oregon legislators will debate updating and improving the l998 OREGON DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT, which was a landmark in its day but many think needs modifications, especially to include degenerative illnesses (now only terminal illness). This letter makes the point: LETTER TO THE EDITOR of the Eugene Register-Guard, Oregon 11 February 2019 Many […]

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To clear up wide misunderstandings about the scope of the medical assisted suicide in Canada, here are the basic rules according to law: For Canada (all provinces, including Québec): 241.2 (1) A person may receive medical assistance in dying only if they meet all of the following criteria: (a) they are eligible — or, but […]

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A MEETING WORTH ATTENDING If you happen to be within easy reach of the pleasant Oregon seaside town of FLORENCE this coming Sunday (10 June), around lunchtime, you could pop into the local library and hear what changes need to be made to the OREGON DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT, which became law in 1998 I […]

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This article in The Washington Post on 11 March 2018 is the opening gambit in an important campaign to make doctor-assisted-dying more widely available. I have always supported such changes:- In Oregon, pushing to give patients with degenerative diseases the right to die by Rob Kuznia, Washington Post LOS ANGELES — Shortly after she was […]

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Here’s something we did not know until now: Since the Dutch euthanasia law came into force in 2002, Dutch doctors have helped over 49,000 people to die through euthanasia or physician assisted suicide (PAS). Although euthanasia and PAS remain criminal acts in the Netherlands, doctors are not prosecuted if the due care criteria of the […]

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HOW THE ASSISTED DYING LAW GOT TO CANADA Canadian newsletter editor Ruth von Fuchs has produced a big catching-up issue. Its 9-page feature article is “The MAID Chronicles, or How We Got Here From There”. Columns include “Food For Thought”, “What We’ve Been Up To” and “Practicalities”. Here is the link to print: http://www.righttodie.ca/RTDSC-N_4-3_to_9-4.pdf

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This first right-to-die law just passed in Australia is a welcome break-through, but will it work in a smooth manner? I’ve not yet had chance to read the Victoria law, but according to BBC World News, three doctors have to sign off on the proposed assisted dying, and then it goes before a board for […]

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SOCIAL CHANGE TAKES TIME It is a remarkable and encouraging statement of the real progress that the world right-to-die movement has made that today’s Sunday New York Times front page lead story is about doctor-assisted suicide, or doctor-assisted dying, whichever you like to call it. This article concerns Canada where, as with the arrival of […]

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