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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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FEN takes Death with Dignity case to the U.S. Supreme Court The Board of Directors of Final Exit Network has authorized an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States from the corporation’s conviction in Minnesota on a charge of “assisting” in a “suicide.” On Tuesday, March 14, the Supreme Court of Minnesota declined […]

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Dutch euthanasia not for strangers Dutch law does not say one must be Dutch citizen. Where the core of the law implies a very good, intense relationship with the doctor that will comply with a request, it is considered to be practically impossible to travel to the Netherlands for one purpose (euthanasia) only. No doctor […]

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——————————————————————————— STATEMENT FROM THE FINAL EXIT NETWORK In a legal case testing whether Final Exit Network is allowed to teach about self-deliverance, the Court of Appeals of Minnesota has upheld the volunteer group’s 2015 conviction for “assisting” in a “suicide.” Final Exit Network, Inc. — the corporation only, not any individual — was found guilty […]

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Broad Support for Medical Aid in Dying in MN Poll Results Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (Sept. 2016) A new survey among likely voters in Minnesota finds broad and deep support for medical aid in dying. In principle, Minnesotans believe medical aid in dying should be a legal option for terminally ill individuals by a margin […]

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) – A California judge on Friday refused to suspend a new state law allowing physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, citing the need to protect them from pain, but he allowed a legal challenge to proceed. The mixed ruling portends a continued debate over the highly contested law in the first months […]

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The Canadian government has rejected a proposed Senate amendment that would make it easier for Canadians to get medical help to end their lives. Health Minister Jane Philpott and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced Thursday that the government will accept most of the seven amendments the Senate approved to their controversial assisted-death bill, known as […]

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