A novel idea for decreasing euthanasia rates
A group of five academics from Switzerland and the UK have come up with a novel idea to keep the incidence of euthanasia from rising rapidly.
Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill under attack
Criticism of Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill is mounting as the proposed legislation returns to the House of Lords. Public figures are arguing that it would put elderly citizens at risk and may escalate to a Netherlands-style euthanasia epidemic.
Nitschke under investigation yet again
Pro-euthanasia campaigner Phillip Nitschke is being investigated for his involvement in the death of 45 year old West Australian man. The Medical Board of Australia is concerned that Nitschke advised Mr. Nigel Brayley to commit suicide without first suggesting formal psychiatric assessment.
BMJ backs assisted suicide
"The BMJ hopes that this bill will eventually become law… Let us hope that our timid lawmakers will rise to the challenge.”
Supreme Court withholds judgement on assisted suicide as human right
Britain’s Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by campaigners to have assisted suicide pronounced a human right. The appeal was made by the family of Tony Nicklinson, an assisted suicide advocate who died in 2013.
US polls send mixed signals on assisted suicide
“Most Americans Are Totally Fine With Euthanasia” was the headline this week in Time magazine over a report on a recent Gallup poll.
Scottish rights groups back right to die for children
Taking their cue from Belgium, Scottish groups have tentatively backed voluntary euthanasia for children with terminal illnesses.
Israel debates assisted suicide
A ministerial committee has approved a bill which would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to Israeli citizens with less than six months to live.
Assisted suicides in Washington state up by 43%
Legal assisted suicide deaths in Washington state rose by 43% in 2013, according to an official report.
Assisted suicide for the old but healthy
Swiss assisted suicide provider Exit has officially sanctioned assisted suicide on the grounds of old age.
Embargo on lethal drug stops executions and assisted suicides in US
A shortage of a lethal drug is stopping both executions and assisted suicide in the United States.
“Bring it on”: Victorian doctor publicly admits to distributing nembutal
Urologist and Dying with Dignity Victoria vice-president Dr. Robert Syme has publicly admitted to giving nembutal to man dying from cancer.
Swiss doctor acquitted after assisted suicide
Changes could be afoot in Swiss legislation after a doctor was acquitted this week of violating regulations for assisted suicide.
Kevorkian’s paintings up for sale
The paintings may give some insight into the mind of Kevorkian, a doctor who claimed that he had helped 130 people to die over 20 years.
Nutrition and hydration often withdrawn without consent in Belgium
A recent study in the Journal of Medical Ethics has found that in Belgium decisions to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) rarely involve patient consent.
Is advising people to kill themselves a case of free speech?
Egging people on to commit suicide can be regarded as free speech which is protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled.
Assisted suicide is too dangerous in times of economic crisis, says disabled UK peer
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled during a time of economic hardship, says Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, a disabled peer.
Analysis of legal assisted suicide in Switzerland
Women are the most vulnerable.
Looks that killed
Are crows feet good enough reason for assisted suicide?
UK doctors continue to oppose assisted suicide
After an extensive consultation of its members the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the UK will continue to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia.