Spain legalises assisted dying

Spain is now the fourth European country to adopt an assisted dying law which permits a medically assisted death to those who are terminally ill or incurably suffering, after Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The Spanish parliament passed the bill on 18 th March 2021 with 202 votes in favour, 141 against and two abstentions. [...]

2021-03-18T17:17:41+00:00March 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Canada passes law extending assisted dying to the incurably suffering, following legal challenge

Canadian lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to broaden the country’s assisted dying law to people who are intolerably suffering but not close to death. The new law was triggered by a successful legal challenge, brought by two people with degenerative illnesses, against Canada’s previous requirement that patients seeking an assisted death had to prove their natural [...]

2021-03-19T16:36:32+00:00March 18th, 2021|Canada|

Book Review: The Inevitable – Dispatches on the Right to Die Katie Engelhart March 2021

Based on over 5 years of research in many countries this book asks some of the most difficult questions in the assisted dying debate: Who should be eligible for an assisted death? Who decides? On what grounds? What safeguards, if any, are necessary? Who needs protection? Protection from what? Engelhart explores this terrain by following [...]

2021-03-11T17:08:54+00:00March 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Human Rights Act review must not undermine fundamental freedoms, warns My Death, My Decision

My Death, My Decision has counselled against proposals to water down the Human Rights Act 1998, in response to a consultation from a review panel set up by the Government. In its submission to the Independent Human Rights Act Review, My Death, My Decision highlighted that among the Act’s many achievements, human rights were pivotal [...]

2021-03-11T17:09:42+00:00March 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|
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