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End of life


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Assisted suicide legislation passed in Columbia, in the USA but Congress wish to rescind the law

28 July 2017

Assisted suicide legislation came into force on Monday, 17 July 2017, in the US District of Columbia. Patients over the age of 18 with up to 6 months to life...

Nurse who refuses to administer euthanasia to her patients is forced to resign

07 July 2017

In Ontario, Canada, a nurse, Mary Jean Martin, refused to administer euthanasia within the legal framework for assisted suicide. She has been forced to resign...

Charlie Gard: the ECHR authorises cessation of treatment

07 July 2017

In the Charlie Gard case, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has upheld "the decision of the British Courts and declared the application...

Assisted suicide in Canada: the Superior Court of Justice interprets the law more broadly

07 July 2017

In Ontario, Canada, a 77 year-old female with osteoarthritis [1] has been authorised to "receive medical assistance to end her life". Diagnosed at the age of...


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