California is set to become the sixth American state to approve euthanasia, a controversial issue in the United States fueled by the recent suicide of a woman suffering from terminal cancer. "This is a historic step forward for Californians with terminal illnesses who have been looking to the legislature for the option to determine the quality of their final days of life based on their own personal beliefs," said Senator Bill Monning, one of the backers of the bill approved by the state assembly on Wednesday. The measure, approved by 43 votes against 34, is expected to be adopted by the state senate this week. More... (NDTV)
Parliament's health committee has agreed to investigate views on voluntary euthanasia. The decision comes after a petition with close to 9000 signatures was delivered to MPs earlier this week. More... (3 News)
A petition was delivered to MPs on Tuesday by former Labour MP Maryan Street, who proposed and championed the End-of-Life Choice Bill, and Matt Vickers, the husband of Lecretia Seales, who died of a brain tumour on the same day she lost her High Court bid to choose to die. More... (Stuff.co.nz)
Legislation that would give terminally ill patients the right to die is to be debated by the House of Commons. The Labour MP Rob Marris, who topped the ballot for private members’ bills, is to adopt draft regulations drawn up by Lord Falconer. The Bill proposed by the former lord chancellor and justice secretary ran out of time in the Lords during the last parliament despite gathering significant support. More... (The Guardian)
ACT leader David Seymour has confirmed he is drafting a member's Bill calling for a debate on euthanasia and will urge the Government to adopt the Bill. Seymour said the public view had changed over recent years and polls suggested most Kiwis were in favour of choice. More... (Stuff.co.nz)
Press Release: “We have received the judgment and we are grateful for the efforts made by Justice Collins to release his decision so quickly. Indeed he provided an interim results judgment on the Crimes Act interpretation on Tuesday in order that Lecretia could be aware of the outcome and know where she stood.” More... (Lecretia.org)
The prohibition on assisted suicide had been challenged as contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada Court struck down the prohibition on assisted suicide in the Criminal Code of Canada, giving Canadian adults who are mentally competent and suffering intolerably the right to a doctor’s help in dying. The court suspended its ruling for 12 months to give the government time to amend the law.