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Guernsey parliament votes against assisted suicide

An attempt to legalize assisted dying in Guernsey has been defeated in the island’s parliament after a three-day debate. If it had passed, Guernsey would have become the first place in the British Isles to offer euthanasia for people with terminal illnesses. Read more…

Head of Swiss assisted suicide group in court on profiteering charges

Just a week after 104-year-old Australian scientist David Goodall made international headlines by choosing to end his life in Switzerland using Swiss group Eternal Spirit, the founder of the assisted dying association Dignitas is appearing in a Zurich district court. Ludwig Minelli is the founder of the Swiss non-profit group Dignitas, the main port of …

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Riverside judge overturns California’s doctor-assisted suicide law

A Riverside County judge overturned California’s physician-assisted suicide law on Tuesday, giving the state attorney general five days to file an appeal to keep the law in place. California’s law, which allows terminally ill patients to request lethal medications from their doctors, has been the subject of fierce and emotional debates since it was approved …

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The deadly push for assisted suicide

Last November, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took commendable action to confront an uncomfortable topic and a horrific reality: Suicide, he said, had become a statewide public health crisis. Calling the state’s sudden spike in suicides “unacceptable” (New York now ranks 5th in the nation), he said that awareness and prevention is a top priority for the state. …

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Disability groups oppose using botanist’s death to advance assisted suicide agenda

Botanist and ecologist David Goodall ended his life May 10 in Switzerland by assisted suicide, a procedure which he had long advocated legalizing in his home country of Australia. Goodall, 104, told journalists that he “looked forward” to ending his life and regretted not having ended it sooner, though he is not terminally ill. He …

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Key AMA Committee Recommends Retention of Longstanding AMA Position in Opposition to Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Over the past two years, the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) studied doctor assisted suicide to determine if it should take a neutral stance on the issue.  After carefully reviewing the literature and receiving thoughtful input from numerous individuals and organizations to inform its deliberations, CEJA recommends that the AMA’s …

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New York’s physician-assisted suicide bill debated at State Assembly Committee on Health

“Doctors tend to devalue our lives, tend to feel that we don’t have quality of life when we feel that we do,” said Anita Cameron, director of minority outreach for Not Dead Yet, a disability rights group fighting against assisted suicide. Cameron suffers from multiple sclerosis, congenital cerebellar ataxia, and diabetes. She said she knows …

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