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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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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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Progress towards wider medical assisted choice in dying at life’s end…… With bipartisan backing, New Zealand has just passed a progressive law. Now, beginning on Nov. 6 of next year, doctors will be able to legally prescribe a lethal dose of medicine to patients suffering from terminal illnesses. “What a great day to be a […]

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MY LETTER TO THE EDITOR, NEW YORK TIMES 11 June 2020 The Protesters Know the Future is Bleak To the Editor: The amount of protesters across America is staggering. While George Floyd’s murder was the trigger, the underlying cause is that people under 40 are worried about climate change, pollution, the widening gap between rich […]

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The chairman of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, Sean Davison, has narrowly escaped a prison sentence after being accused of ‘murdering’ three friends who were in advanced terminal illness and wished to die quickly. The accusations were brought in Sean’s homeland, South Africa, which has made no progress in improving laws on […]

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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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It’s been 24 years since Oregon citizens passed the Death With Dignity Act and ten years since Washington state passed a similar law providing medical assisted dying under tight guidelines. Altogether, seven US states now have an Oregon-type law. The latest, Hawaii, takes effect next year. That’s a big step forward and important help to […]

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