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Scotland is edging towards enacting legislation that will give dying patients the right to end their lives. The SNP has pledged, if re-elected, to set up a citizen’s assembly representing a cross-section of society to look at legalizing assisted dying. The Scottish Greens, who may form a coalition government with the SNP after May’s election, […]

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The governor of NEW MEXICO has just signed into law the End of Life Options Act.  This is the 11th U.S. state to allow people with terminal illness to die the. way they want. There is a handy research tool  on this subject the Death with Dignity National Center website: https://www.deathwithdignity.org/state-statute-navigator

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Dr Henry Marsh: The law insists that I suffer until the end Dr Henry Marsh Friday April 02 2021 After many decades of working with patients facing death, a recent diagnosis of advanced cancer means that I now face death myself — possibly within a year, perhaps up to five years or more if I […]

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March was a month of legislative action: Spain legalized euthanasia, Canada finally signed Bill C-7 into law and the Tasmanian VAD Bill passed the final vote in the Lower House. Unfortunately, the Portugese Constitutional Court overturned the in January approved euthanasia bill. However, the decision left open the option to euthanasia provided that the legislation […]

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Canada has expanded the scope of its laws on medically assisted death to include people whose demise is not foreseeable and opened the door for the mentally ill to have the procedure. The law, given royal assent on Wednesday, revamps assisted death in Canada and comes as assisted suicide is legalised in Spain, fulfilling a […]

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Book Notice THE INEVITABLE:  Dispatches on the Right to Die By Katie Engelhart    St. Martin’s Press  3/2021 I’ve read every non-academic book on the right to die in the last 40 years and the scope of this new one comes as a pleasant change:  in-depth, international, doctor-probing, and examining certain people who want accelerated death […]

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Author error in new movie “Nomadland” (Golden Globe winner) CORRECTION re the book ‘Final Exit’ Beginning at the 37-minute mark of this fine movie, the protagonist is having one of many “slice of life”-type conversations with a new friend who suddenly appears to be sick. The new friend explains that she had small-cell lung cancer, […]

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Did you happen to see Friday night’s program “Father Brown” on PBS TV ?   Show name: ‘The Angel of Mercy.’ It featured two deaths which at first seemed normal to the police but which the great ministerial R.C. ‘detective’ suspected to be murder. He eventually found that both persons, who had advanced cancer, had […]

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The book ‘Final Exit’ reached 30 years old on 2 February 2021. In updated versions it still sells modestly around the world every day. In 1991 it reached the New York Times book list as Number One, and remained listed for 18 weeks. It became infamous as ‘the suicide guide’ but author Derek Humphry pointed […]

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The significance of obituaries I’m a daily scanner of the obituaries in the four newspapers that I read  in USA and UK (all now online, unfortunately.)  Why this obsession? True, at 90 I’m on the cusp of life and death myself, yet the instinct to study the lives of others recently deceased goes longer and […]

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