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Mark Fleischman, who owned legendary New York nightclub Studio 54 in the 1980s, has died by assisted suicide in Switzerland, his former business partner has said. Mr Fleischman, 82, took over the club in 1980 and ran it until 1986. He first became ill in 2016 and was left unable to walk or do many […]

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Nearly three quarters of the British public support a parliamentary inquiry into assisted dying, polling reveals today. Research by YouGov found that 74 per cent were in favour of examining the impact of the law as it stands and potential changes to legislation. In the poll, assisted dying was defined as a terminally ill adult […]

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Beware Religious Restrictions: Patients and Doctors Jun 26, 2022 | Barbara Morris MD MPA Patients may not be aware that their health care system is faith-based, and rarely understand the restrictions that their health systems have implemented — until they need this care. Read more: https://thegooddeathsocietyblog

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After a lengthy legal battle, an Italian man became the first in the country to be permitted to die by medically assisted suicide . The 44-year-old man died  in Italy on Thursday, in the first case of its kind in the country. While it is technically against the law to help someone take their own […]

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For  four decades, Derek Humphry has blazed a trail for the right-to-die movement. He founded the Hemlock Society, pioneered Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, and wrote the bestselling books Final Exit (more than one million copies sold) and Jean’s Way (a UK bestseller). In Good Life, Good Death, readers will learn how the twists and […]

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After 50 years of trying, New South Wales today passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act permitting doctors to help seriously ill people to die. Now all Australian states have similar laws, although the two ‘territorities’  (Northern Territory and ACT) cannot do so under the constitution — which may be changed in the near future.

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If you wish to know which USA states have lawful medical aid in dying (MAiD}, and their different requirements, Death with Dignity National Center’s State Statute Navigator is the place to go. It is a a complete, searchable database of currently enacted Death with Dignity laws https://deathwithdignity.org/resources/state-statute-nav= igator/    

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Governor Phil Scott has signed S.74 into law, amending Vermont’s medical-aid-in-dying statute. Advocates for the changes said this would make the medical-aid-in-dying process more accessible for terminally ill Vermonters.  Vermont’s medical-aid-in-dying law has been in effect since 2013. It set up a multi-step process to request a life-ending prescription for any patient with a prognosis […]

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U.K. lacks aid in dying laws -more suicides People with severe and potentially terminal health conditions are more than twice as likely to take their own lives than the general population, new data from the British Office for National Statistics (ONS) published today ( 20 April 2022) has indicated. The ONS examined suicide rates among […]

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The Oregon Death with Dignity Act (DWDA),  passed by referendum in 1998, allows terminally ill Oregonians who meet specific qualifications to end their lives through voluntary self-administration of a lethal dose of medications prescribed by a physician for that purpose.  In 2021, 383 people were reported to have received prescriptions under the DWDA. As of […]

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