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10 September 2015

California to Become Sixth US State to Allow Euthanasia

California is set to become the sixth American state to approve euthanasia, a controversial issue in the United States fueled by the recent suicide of a woman suffering from terminal cancer. "This is a historic step forward for Californians with terminal illnesses who have been looking to the legislature for the option to determine the quality of their final days of life based on their own personal beliefs," said Senator Bill Monning, one of the backers of the bill approved by the state assembly on Wednesday. The measure, approved by 43 votes against 34, is expected to be adopted by the state senate this week. More... (NDTV)

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23 June 2015

Petition delivered to Parliament

A petition was delivered to MPs on Tuesday by former Labour MP Maryan Street, who proposed and championed the End-of-Life Choice Bill, and Matt Vickers, the husband of  Lecretia  Seales, who died of a brain tumour on the same day she lost her High Court bid to choose to die. More... (Stuff.co.nz)

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09 June 2015

UK MPs to debate assisted dying legislation

Legislation that would give terminally ill patients the right to die is to be debated by the House of Commons.  The Labour MP Rob Marris, who topped the ballot for private members’ bills, is to adopt draft regulations drawn up by Lord Falconer. The Bill proposed by the former lord chancellor and justice secretary ran out of time in the Lords during the last parliament despite gathering significant support. More... (The Guardian)

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21 March 2015

Lecretia’s Choice

Press Release: A 41-year-old New Zealand lawyer dying of an inoperable brain tumour is taking the unprecedented step of petitioning the High Court to uphold her right to die at the time of her choosing. More... (Lecretia.org)

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15 February 2015

Supreme Court of Canada

The prohibition on assisted suicide had been challenged as contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada Court struck down the prohibition on assisted suicide in the Criminal Code of Canada, giving Canadian adults who are mentally competent and suffering intolerably the right to a doctor’s help in dying.  The court suspended its ruling for 12 months to give the government time to amend the law.

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