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The Associated Press is reporting this story of considerable significance to the right-to-die movement:

A Portland doctor who says he wants to offer his terminally ill Washington patients the option of assisted suicide filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, saying the residency requirements for Oregon’s assisted suicide law violate the U.S. Constitution.

Oregon was the first state to legalize medical aid in dying in 1997, when it allowed adult residents with a terminal diagnosis and prognosis of six months or less to live to end their lives by taking a lethal dose of prescribed medication. The new lawsuit is by the national advocacy organization Compassion & Choices and an Oregon Health & Science University professor of family medicine.

Experts believe the legal action could have broad implications as the first challenge in the nation to raise the question of whether such residency requirements are constitutional, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

Oregon’s law was the basis for laws since adopted in eight other states and Washington, DC. California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Vermont and Washington state allow aid in dying for residents of their states only.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday. It asks the court to prohibit Oregon officials from enforcing the residency provision of the law.

It says the residency requirement violates the privileges and immunities clause in Article IV of the Constitution and the commerce clause in Article I.

The plaintiff in the case, Dr. Nick Gideonse, is a family practice physician and associate professor of family medicine at OHSU and a longtime supporter of medical aid in dying.

“I’ve been providing medical aid in dying since the early days of Oregon’s law. It’s profoundly beneficial to patients who have nothing left but suffering at the end of their life,” Gideonse said.

Washington allows medical aid in dying. But according to the lawsuit, Gideonse cannot offer his Washington patients medical aid in dying without risking his medical license or criminal prosecution.

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After an eight hour debate in the House of Lords on Friday, Baroness Meacher's Assisted
Dying Bill passed its Second Reading unopposed. This is a huge win for the campaign.

 The Bill will now go to committee stage where it will be further scrutinized.
After that it must go to the House of Commons for consideration.

The British parliament has been considering reform on right-to-die laws since l936
and always defeated.  But this law looks more likely to succeed given the many 
ccountries that have now introduced -- without problems -- similar laws.

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Assisted dying will become legal in New Zealand as the End of Life Choice Act is set to come into force from 7 November.

The country’s health minister Andrew Little on Tuesday said healthcare systems were ready to implement the law. Mr Little cited a public referendum that was held alongside general elections last year and said assisted dying received the approval of 65 per cent of the public.

A person seeking assisted dying will have to be aged 18 years or over, be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand, suffer from a terminal illness that is likely to end their life within six months and be in an advanced state of irreversible decline in physical capability, according to the eligibility criteria.

 

 

 

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Sir Patrick Stewart, the actor, has endorsed the campaign to legalize assisted dying in Scotland. The 81-year-old, whose credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation on television and the X-Men series of blockbuster movies, told The Sunday Times that such legislation “is the mark of a forward-thinking, progressive society”.

Last month Liam McArthur, a Liberal Democrat MSP, launched a public consultation on his proposed member’s bill to give mentally competent terminally ill people the choice of assisted dying to avoid a protracted, painful and undignified death.

Assisted dying is legal in countries including Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada and nine states in the the US including California, where Stewart lives. The actor told how he had been affected by the death of someone close who ended her life in appalling circumstances.

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On Oct. 5, 2021, the bill to improve the California End of Life Option Act, was signed into law.
SB 380 goes into effect on January 1, 2022 and makes the following changes:
The mandatory minimum waiting period between the 1st and 2nd oral request will be reduced from 15 days to 48 hours.
Healthcare systems and hospices will have to post their aid-in-dying policies on their websites.
The final attestation form will be eliminated.
If a patient makes a request for medical aid in dying and their doctor cannot support them in it, the doctor will be required to tell the patient they will not support them, document the request in the patient’s medical record and transfer the patient’s medical records upon request

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Farewell to Hemlock: Killed by its Name

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Queensland will become the fifth Australian state to legalize voluntary assisted dying (VAD) after state Parliament passed a historic bill on Thursday.

After more than two days of emotionally charged debate, the bill passed with 61 MPs supporting the legislation and 30 voting against it.

The new laws — which are not set to take effect until January 2023 — will allow people aged 18 and older who are expected to die within 12 months, and who meet strict eligibility criteria, to seek medical assistance to end their lives.

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The British Medical Association (BMA) has finally dropped its long-standing
opposition to assisted dying. This is a significant milestone.

This landmark decision comes ahead of Baroness
Meacher's Assisted Dying Bill being debated on 22 October 2021
in the House of Lords.

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Just been talking on the phone with a woman in New York who paid $1,000  for 100 Nembutal tablets from a Mexican seller on the internet which were never delivered.

In all the years I’ve been monitoring these type of drug offers for self-deliverance I have not heard of one that was completed.  They’re all scams.  Nembutal is the favorite come-on.

Some of the sites offering drugs look very professional and convincing, until you look closely and notice the absence of medical qualifications and where the seller is based.  Some will take PayPal as this cheated NYC woman used.

The D E A, courier services and USPS know who, from experience, these drug dealers are and would intercept and seize packages.

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The British Medical Association (BMA) is coming under pressure to drop its opposition to assisted dying as efforts to change the law gather pace.

At its annual representatives meeting next week the doctors’ trade union is to consider a motion recommending that it adopts a neutral position on the issue. It comes after a survey of nearly 29,000 of its members concluded that medics were split on the issue.

Politicians in the Lords and Scottish parliament are involved in parallel moves to attempt to change the law to legalise assisted dying, with a YouGov poll earlier this month showing 73 per cent of Britons in favour of doctor-assisted suicide.

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