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02/26/2015
  Amnesty calls for reform of ‘draconian’ NI abortion law Legislation in North breaches Britain’s ‘international human rights obligations’ Former Progressive Unionist Party leader Ms Purvis said the Northern Assembly “forces” any woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, and wants an abortion, to continue with that pregnancy against her will. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire. Gerry Moriarty   First published:Thu, Feb 26, 2015, 11:17   Abortion law in Northern Ireland is draconian and in need of...
02/24/2015
Sarah Knapton, Science Editor    Peers have approved historic legislation which would see Britain become the first country in the world to create three-parent babies, despite fears children could be born sterile. Health minister Lord Howe urged the House of Lords to pass the amendment to the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act and permit controversial IVF techniques which are aimed at preventing serious inherited mitochondrial diseases. MPs, including all three main party leaders, voted earlier this month in the Commons to legalise the...
02/21/2015
  Dominican Republic moves to ease abortion ban, challenges remain: rights group By Anastasia Moloney January 27, 2015 12:42 PM   BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A presidential decision to ease the Dominican Republic's ban on abortion is a landmark victory for women's rights, but ensuring women can access legal and potentially life-saving abortions remains a challenge, a rights group has said. President Danilo Medina recommended that lawmakers amend the criminal code to allow abortion in cases of rape, incest, a deformed fetus or when a...
02/20/2015
Thailand has passed a law banning foreigners from paying Thai women to be surrogates, after two high-profile cases sparked debate last year. The legislation also bans the use of agents, or any promotion of women willing to carry babies for others. Last year the case of a little boy born with Down's syndrome put Thailand's surrogacy industry in the spotlight. His Thai surrogate mother said his Australian parents abandoned the boy but took his healthy twin sister home. Under the new law, only married Thai couples or couples with one Thai partner who have been married at least three...
02/19/2015
A NEW draft to modify Spain’s abortion law has been put forward by the government. The PP conservative party spokesperson, Rafael Hernando, has presented an amendment by which women aged 16 and 17 years old would need their parents’ or a guardian’s authorisation to undergo an abortion. Mr Hernando claimed that there exists a ‘social consensus’ that supports this modification to prevent minors from interrupting pregnancy without their parents’ permission. He added that the party’s goal is to have the law approved and passed before the end of March. The text eliminates the article of...
02/19/2015
McCarthy Tétrault LLP ​Byron Shaw   Physician-assisted death is permissible in Canada, for competent adults who: (1) clearly consent to the termination of life; and (2) have a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of their condition. In Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), a unanimous Supreme Court of Canada overruled its 1993 decision in Rodriguez v. British Columbia, in which a majority of the Court upheld the blanket prohibition on assisted suicide....
01/06/2015
A Belgian man serving a life sentence for rape and murder will not be allowed to have doctors end his life as he has requested, the justice minister says.Koen Geens said he was respecting the latest medical advice of doctors treating Frank Van den Bleeken, who is unable to control violent sexual urges.Van den Bleeken will be moved to a new psychiatric treatment centre, he added. Belgium is one of three European countries that allows euthanasia for terminally ill people. But Van den Bleeken's case is the first involving a prisoner since the assisted dying law was introduced 12 years ago...
12/12/2014
Henry Samuel --    Doctors in France will have the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die, under plans unveiled on Friday that reignited a national debate on euthanasia. Apart from Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, few countries in the world explicitly permit euthanasia or assisted suicide. In France, a 2005 law permits "passive euthanasia", where a person causes death by withholding or withdrawing treatment that is necessary to maintain life. The proposals by two MPs – one from the ruling Socialists,...
11/15/2014
The two videos in which Brittany Maynard explained her decision to end her life under Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act put a human face — and a very young one — on a sometimes abstract debate. Viewers saw her walking in the woods with her husband. There were glimpses of the small purse that held bottles of legally prescribed barbiturates and the sunny bedroom where she intended to take a lethal dose. They heard her mother tearfully support her decision. As mournful piano music played, they heard Ms. Maynard, 29, express relief that she would be able to die peacefully, when she chose,...
11/12/2014
Jennie Bristow reports on the 2014 Congress of the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraceptive Associates (FIAPAC) in Ljubljana on 2-4 October 2-4, 2014. She provides an up-to-date overview of Abortion laws in Europe that shows that Ireland and Poland "are noticeable for being out of step with the European norm" and she discusses public attitudes towards abortion in Spain, France, Sweden and Luxembourg. She also looks at European abortion trends and at the pressing issue of recruiting abortion doctor and conscientious objection.

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