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Legal News
14 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Dutch court on Wednesday cleared a man of all criminal charges for assisting his 99-year-old mother to commit suicide. An important goal of the case was to set further precedents for assisted suicide in the Netherlands [BBC backgrounder], a country where the act is already legal in certain … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A South African judge ruled Thursday that a terminally ill man has a right to assisted suicide with no legal or professional consequences for the participating doctor. Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa, and the decision is the first of its kind. With the support of DignitySA [advocacy website], … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Belgian man serving a life sentence was granted the right to be euthanized on Monday. Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the last 30 years in prison on convictions of rape and murder, has continuously requested that he be allowed to end his life. Bleeken argued that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The lower house of Belgian Parliament [official website] gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would extend the country's euthanasia law to certain cases of terminally ill minors. The legislation [materials, in Dutch], approved by a vote of 86 to 44 with 12 abstentions, would extend a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Belgian Senate [official website] voted Thursday to allow euthanasia for terminally ill minors. The legislation [materials, in Dutch] would extend a 2002 law [text, PDF] that allows euthanasia [BBC backgrounder] for terminally ill adults to minors with "constant and unbearable physical suffering" and equipped "with a capacity of … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2013
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Belgian Senate committee [official website, in Dutch] on Wednesday voted in favor of passing a controversial bill that aims to extend the right to request euthanasia to children with terminal illnesses and adults with dementia. Although still not yet a law, the bill cleared the committee in a … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal for British Columbia [official website] on Thursday upheld [judgment] Canada's law against doctor-assisted suicide. Justice Lynn Smith for the Supreme Court of British Columbia had ruled [JURIST report] last year that the provisions of Canada's Criminal Code unjustly violate the rights to life, liberty and … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Minnesota Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a state law criminalizing speech that "advises" and "encourages" another's suicide is unconstitutional. In the suit filed against the national right-to-die group Final Exit Network [advocacy website] after they were charged with the 2007 suicide of a … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a law against euthanasia. Tony Nicholson, now deceased, was the victim of a paralyzing stroke. Paul Lamb was severely paralyzed after a car accident. Both men challenged the UK's definition of murder, seeking medical assistance in committing suicide. In 2012 a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The government of the Canadian province of Quebec [official website] introduced a bill Wednesday that would permit doctors to provide patients with medical aid to die. Quebec Social Services Minister Veronique Hivon [official profile] introduced the bill before the National Assembly [official website]. The proposed law [Bill 52, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation [text, PDF; bill summary, PDF] Monday that legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the state. This bill makes Vermont the fourth state in the US to approve the practice. The Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act (aka "Death with Dignity" bill), was … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, press release, PDF] Tuesday that Swiss law does not provide sufficient guidelines on the extent of the right to die, in violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF]. Article 8 protects an individual's … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ireland [official website] on Monday rejected an appeal [judgement] by a paralyzed woman seeking to allow her partner to help her commit suicide. The appellant, Marie Fleming, suffers from end stage multiple sclerosis, a disease of the nervous system, and as a result is paralyzed. … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF, in French] released Tuesday by the French government has recommended that the country permit doctors to "accelerate death" for terminally ill patients seeking doctor-assisted euthanasia. The report will be sent to the National Order of Physicians [official website, in French], France's national council on medical … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Nassau County Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Friday that the North Shore Hospital may take paralyzed cancer patient Grace Lee, off life support according to her wishes. The ruling denied a motion filed by her parents seeking to continue the use of breathing tubes. At … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The High Court of England and Wales on Thursday denied [judgment, PDF] the plea of a paralyzed man challenging the legitimacy of the Suicide Act 1961 and other laws barring his ability to commit suicide. Tony Nicklinson, 58, along with a 47-year-old man known only as Martin, brought the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Canadian government on Friday announced that it will appeal [press release] the decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia [official website] striking down a ban on physician-assisted suicides. The Honourable Rob Nicholson [official website] for Niagara Falls, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of British Columbia [official website] ruled [judgment] Friday that provisions of Canada's Criminal Code [text] that forbid physician-assisted suicide unjustly violate the rights to life, liberty and equality. In her ruling, Justice Lynn Smith acknowledged that physician-assisted suicide is an issue that has sharply divided both … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A judge for the UK Court of Protection [official website] ruled Friday that a 32-year-old woman who suffers from anorexia [womenshealth.gov backgrounder], a fear of gaining weight resulting in decreased consumption of food, can be fed against her will. Justice Peter Jackson found that, by assessing the balance between … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Louisiana State Senate [official website] on Monday unanimously passed [roll call] a bill [HB 1086, PDF; materials] strengthening Louisiana's ban on euthanasia and assisted suicide [JURIST news archives]. Both practices were already prohibited under other laws in Louisiana. The new bill amends the state's medical consent law, stating: … [read more]

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