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This Week in the Movement
Posted by Melissa Barber on June 15, 2012
Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.
Efforts regarding Death with Dignity:
- Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Journal, urged medical societies to move to a neutral stance regarding Death with Dignity laws. "A change in the law, with all the necessary safeguards, is an almost inevitable consequence of the societal move towards greater individual autonomy and patient choice…and it may not happen until we value death as one of life's central events and learn to see bad deaths in the same damning light as botched abortions."
- The British Columbia Supreme Court ruled Canadian law regarding assisted death was unconstitutional. The full ruling is available online.
- David Carkeet of the Rutland Herald shared why Vermonters deserve a legislature which will openly debate Death with Dignity. He states, "Since most Vermonters want this for themselves and their loved ones, it is the job of the Legislature to bring it about."
Discussions about death, dying, and grieving:
- Dr. Christian Sinclair, editor of Pallimed: A hospice and palliative care blog shared his thoughts on Joe Klein's "How to Die" article published in Time.
- "The opposition is very good at asking questions, and absolutely very bad at listening to answers." stated renowned author and assisted dying advocate Sir Terry Pratchett during his opening remarks at the World Federation of Right to Die Societies conference in Zurich, Switzerland.
- Liam Twomey introduced a bill regarding Advance Directives to the Dáil in Ireland.
- Photographer Phillip Toledano released a new video. It's a follow up to Days with My Father, an online journal which chronicled his father's last years and was later published as a book.
Posted on June 15, 2012 in In the News
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