Dutch Court Clears Man Who Helped His 99-Year-Old Mother Die

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch appeals court on Wednesday cleared a man of any criminal responsibility for helping his 99-year-old mother take her own life — a case that aimed to create precedents for assisting suicide in a country where euthanasia already is legal under certain circumstances. Judges in the city of Arnhem said

For first time in Israel, court permits euthanasia for terminal patient

an suffering from ALS has life support machine switched off after lawyers submit request, Israeli daily says An Israeli court permitted a case of euthanasia two weeks ago for a sufferer of the terminal illness ALS, the first decision of its kind in Israel, Ha’aretz reported Tuesday. The Tel Aviv District Court gave the verdict

1000s of Scots Lodge Opposition to Assisted Suicide

By Scott Macnab     More than 10,000 people have now signed a petition opposing proposals to introduce state assisted suicide in Scotland. The Care Not Killing (CNK) umbrella group which is spearheading the campaign against the controversial legislation says opposition is “growing every day.” The change will allow Scots who are dying and find

Colombia May Finally Legalize Euthanasia

By Michael Cook    The assisted suicide of American woman Brittany Maynard on November 1 may have tipped Colombia into legalising euthanasia. Euthanasia has been in legal limbo in the South American nation since a decision by its Constitutional Court in 1997 that “mercy killing” was constitutional and that doctors who cooperated should not be

Belgian rapist Van Den Bleeken refused ‘right to die’

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

In 2013, five patients per day ended their lives with the help of assisted suicide in Belgium

Data published by Sudpress on euthanasia cases in 2013 in Belgium show a steep increase (25%) in the number of patients who seek assistance in ending their lives. On a daily basis, five patients ended their lives with the help of a doctor for a total of 1,816 patients.

Tasmania’s euthanasia bill fails narrowly

TASMANIA’S lower house has rejected voluntary euthanasia by the narrowest of margins. The private members bill, co-sponsored by Labor Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim, was defeated 13-11 with Speaker Michael Polley effectively using his casting vote against it. Debate in the 25-member House of Assembly had indicated a 12-12 result after all