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There is a world-wide debate about whether or not patients who are severely demented could be given doctor-assisted suicide (assisted dying). Perhaps this forthcoming court case will suggest answers. Dutch authorities are prosecuting a doctor for performing euthanasia on a patient in the first case of its kind since its legalization 16 years ago. The […]

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Many, like me, were shocked when the news came out of South Africa on 19 September that the President of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, Professor Sean Davison, had been arrested for the murder of his friend, 43-year old former doctor, Anrich Burger. Dr Burger became a quadriplegic after an accident in […]

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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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“Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-deliverance and Assisted Suicide” is currently ranked #18,282 out of over 8,000,000 books in Amazon’s catalog. In print since l991. Now in 3rd edition. 05.2.18 #18,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1 in Books > Law > Estate Planning > Living Wills #1 in Books > Law > […]

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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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The Hawai‘i House Committees on Health and Human Services and on Judiciary PASSED a Death with Dignity bill, sending it to the full House of Representatives for a vote, likely on March 5. It wasn’t even close: the 4-1 and 7-1 votes, respectively, in favor of HB 2739, Our Care, Our Choice Act, show the […]

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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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Interesting stats from Switzerland appear to show that suicide is mostly carried out by men, the majority of women use assisted suicide. Last year, some 10,078 new members joined the euthanasia organization Exit, the group announced. The number of actual assisted suicides went down slightly, whilst the average age of Exit members rose. At the […]

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It’s one thing to pass a law, but does is work out in practice? This report is depressing: Terminally ill patients can now legally choose to end their lives in California, but family members say taking advantage of the new policy is easier said than done. California’s End of Life Option Act, authored by Democratic […]

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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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