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Terminally ill Nashville lawyer challenges Tennessee ban on assisted suicide
May 22, 2015
An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. Kennedy....... [more]

Tennessee adopts 48-hour abortion waiting period
May 20, 2015
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses revoked in addition t....... [more]

US House approves bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks
May 15, 2015
The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, despite strong opposition from the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a margin of 242-184. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called the vote "a victory for....... [more]

FDA plans to ease restrictions on gay blood donors
May 14, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, was enacted to prevent....... [more]

Dutch court clears man who assisted in dying mother's suicide
May 14, 2015
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, a country where the act is already legal in certain situations. In 2008 Alber....... [more]

UN rights experts: Paraguay government failed 10-year-old rape victim
May 11, 2015
A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that the Government of Paraguy "failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence" towards a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant. According to the experts, the girl has not been given treatments that could "save her life and preserv....... [more]

UN experts condemn increase in Iran executions
May 8, 2015
UN human rights experts on Friday condemned the growing number of executions in Iran in recent years. According to the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran and on extrajudicial executions, Iran has executed about 350 people in 2015 and executed approximately six people per da....... [more]

Oklahoma governor signs abortion bill requiring 72-hour waiting period
May 7, 2015
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1409 into law Wednesday extending the mandatory waiting period for women seeking an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. Fallin said the new law, "will allow for more time to consider medical risks as well as explore alternatives to abortion, such as adoption....... [more]

Dignity in Life as in Death
May 3, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporad....... [more]

Terminally ill man granted right to die in South Africa
April 30, 2015
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, Robin Stransham-Fo....... [more]

North Carolina lawmakers approve bill to resume executions
April 30, 2015
North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday approved a measure aimed at resuming executions after nine years. The law removes the requirement to have a doctor present at all lethal injections and instead would allow nurses, physician's assistants or paramedics to oversee lethal injections in the state. No....... [more]




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